Chelsea hold talks with Mino Raiola over AC Milan star amid Kepa Arrizabalaga concerns

Chelsea have contacted Mino Raiola over a swoop for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Blues face competition from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for the 21-year-old.

A new goalkeeper is on the agenda for Frank Lampard in the summer transfer window amid concerns over Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The world’s most expensive stopper has been dropped to the bench in recent weeks after a string of gaffes.

According to Italian football journalist Nicolo Schira, Chelsea and their two transfer rivals are prepared to table tempting deals for Donnarumma.

“Milan are thinking of selling Gigio Donnarumma to fix their corporate balance sheet,” Schira wrote on Twitter.

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“Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea have already made contacts with Raiola and are ready to offer a salary of €8M a year to the goalkeeper.

“Juventus observe carefully how the situation unfolds.”

Schira added: “At Chelsea they are not satisfied with Kepa and they look around.

“Two weeks ago Real spoke to Raiola. So they are interested.”


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Arrizabalaga, who joined Chelsea for a world-record £71.6million fee from Athletic Club in 2018, had the worst save percentage among regular Premier League goalkeepers this season before being dropped by Lampard.

Express Sport understands Lampard is currently assessing whether he should sell the Spaniard this summer and sign a new goalkeeper.

Publicly, however, the Blues boss has indicated Arrizabalaga has a long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

“Every player here is in control of their destiny in terms of how they play and how they train,” he said.

“This is Chelsea and we’re trying to close the gap to the top. There’s nobody who can be relaxed or loose, we’re pushing every day.

“Of course in the summer we look at the group as a whole but we’re not looking beyond the game tomorrow night.”

Arrizabalaga, who could return to the XI for tonight’s FA Cup clash against Liverpool, is concerned that warming the bench will affect his hopes of making the Spain squad for Euro 2020.

But Lampard has warned that the goalkeeper’s international hopes are none of his concern.

“I haven’t discussed it with him,” the Chelsea legend said. “I can only pick the team from a Chelsea view.

“I keep coming back to the same thing, it’s how well you train — [and] he is training well — and, when you get the opportunity to play, how well you play. That’s all I see.

“I understand all my international players have ambitions but the rules remain the same.

“He must have a positive attitude and I’m a fair man, I don’t know if all the players will say that — 11 will tomorrow and another 11 next week.

“That’s the nature of my job. I only call it as I see it, as I see training and performances.

“I hope all the players remain positive and of course he can play for his country.

“He’s shown that already, he’s been No.1 at times ahead of De Gea, who is a world-class goalkeeper so hopefully it isn’t a big issue at the moment.

“This is Chelsea and we’re trying to close the gap to the top, so there can be no one who is relaxed or loose, we have to push every day.”

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