Chelsea line up Gianluigi Donnarumma as Thibaut Courtois replacement

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Chelsea have highlighted AC Milan's rising starlet Gianluigi Donnarumma as their chosen replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid.

The Belgian shot-stopper refused to commit his future to the Stamford Bridge outfit earlier this week and is reportedly being tracked by the Spanish giants.

Having tried and failed to sign David de Gea from Manchester United last summer, Los Blancos are still on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas and now look set to turn their attention from the Spaniard to Courtois.

But Chelsea are not panicking and are already looking at potential successors should Courtois agitate his way out of west London. Donnarumma is currently topping the list.

The Daily Mail say that Antonio Conte's imminent arrival at Chelsea has seen Donnarumma emerge as a top target. The Italy coach has been heavily tipped to replace Guus Hiddink at the end of the season and is a big fan of the 17-year-old.

Record breaker

Donnarumma only turned 17 in February but has made 22 appearances in Serie A this season. At 6ft 5in, the shot-stopper became the youngest goalkeeper to ever play in Italian football and has also broken into Italy's Under-21 team.

His agent, Mino Raiola, who also represents Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba, recently valued the youngster at £120million but Chelsea are believed to be prepared to pay a more reasonable £30m. Conte is also believed to have a strong relationship with Raiola, further aiding a potential transfer deal.

Rival interest

Manchester United are also believed to be in the same position and are considering Donnarumma should De Gea finally complete his desired move to the Bernabeu.

The Red Devils have the financial prowess to rival Chelsea and are likely to be able to at least offer Europa League football next season.

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