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Gianluigi Donnarumma has the chance to put on a show for Manchester United when AC Milan take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in Thursday’s Europa League clash.
The Serie A giants meet with United in the competition’s last-16 in what is expected to be a tightly contested fixture. Both sides are second in their respective leagues, although remain some way off their leaders and bitter rivals Manchester City and Inter Milan.
But ahead of Thursday’s fixture an interesting subplot appears to be developing.
According to Corriere dello Sport, United hold an interest in opposition goalkeeper Donnarumma.
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The Italian, 22, is out of contract in the summer and could walk away from the San Siro on a free transfer. After bursting onto the scene at 16 years of age, Donnarumma has gone on to cement his place as one of the world’s best keepers.
Should he leave for nothing then he would represent a fine coup for any top European side.
United already have David De Gea and Dean Henderson fighting it out for the No.1 spot, with the latter expected to be handed a further five starts before the Spaniard returns from paternity leave.
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De Gea flew out to Spain to be with his wife, Edurne, for the birth of their first child – daughter Yanay.
After two years away on loan at Sheffield United, Henderson decided to stay at Old Trafford this season and fight for a starting place.
The 23-year-old made a good start to his string of starts by keeping a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over City on Sunday, playing a crucial role in Luke Shaw’s goal.
However, it has been reported that should Solskjaer continue to stand by De Gea then Henderson may demand an exit. If this happens then it’s only natural United would look to find a De Gea successor.
While there is still time on his side at the age of 30, De Gea has shown mixed form over the past few seasons.
Donnarumma would unlikely sign to play second or third fiddle, either, giving Solskjaer something serious to think about.
When asked if Henderson could usurp De Gea back in February, Solskjaer said: “Of course Dean is in with a shout.”
He added: “He is maturing all the time but I have a very, very good goalkeeper in David [De Gea]. He saved us against West Brom so I can’t say to you now.
“I always speak to the players first before I say who’s playing and they will know.”
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