Gianluigi Donnarumma has been steadily making a name for himself in Europe this season, helped, of course, by the fact that he’s only 16.
Hark back to when you were 16 - if you’re not 16 and below - and take a moment to consider what it was you were doing? Sitting exams, getting your first taste of alcohol, playing football on a freezing cold Sunday morning perhaps?
Being monitored by Manchester United, we’re going to assume, probably wasn’t on your list. It’s said the Red Devils are interested in the AC Milan goalkeeper, so much so that his agent has been forced to respond to the speculation.
That’s right, the ever-popular Mino Raiola, who represents the wonder-kid as well as the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has confirmed that United will have to pay €170million for Donnarumma’s signature.
No, we’re not joking.
"I'd compare him to a [piece by Italian artist Amadeo] Modigliani," Raiola told Italian broadcaster Mediaset Premium, as relayed by The Independent.
"He's worth 170 million [euros].
"He has a great future. He's an extraordinary kid and everyone loves him.
"He's already a little champion but he can become a great one."
Of course most of what Raiola’s saying can be put down to agent lingo designed to market his client to the best of his ability. What can’t be denied though is that the kid has talent.
Having featured five times for AC Milan in Serie A this season, Donnarumma is carving a reputation for himself as a teenager who could well boast a very exciting future.
Whilst at €170m he’ll amass a grand total of zero offers from interested parties, United’s interest is probably genuine, particularly as the future of David de Gea continues to be speculated upon.
It makes sense to assume he’d need a lot of time to get used to the Premier League, but Louis van Gaal is a fan of blooding players early. He couldn't really get any earlier in this instance if he tried.
United fans, could you see Van Gaal buying Donnarumma? Obviously not for €170m. Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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