The AC Milan-Man United deal that could have a huge domino effect

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If the latest whispers are anything to go by, then you might want to strap yourselves in for one of the most exciting summer transfer windows we’ve ever seen. After all, the constant threat of big-money moves for the world’s best players from the Chinese Super League isn’t going away.

But this is a deal which concerns three absolute giants of European football – and rules in the Far East mean no Chinese club can get in the way.

When looking at the best goalkeepers on the planet, you’d do well to find many that would be above Manchester United shotstopper David De Gea in the rankings.

But there’s one man who has the potential to reach that level, and it’s AC Milan prodigy, Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Chinese rules state that no side can field a foreign goalkeeper, leaving Europe’s elite sides to battle it out for the youngster.

Our traders have this morning priced up his next destination, following reports suggesting that United chiefs have met with super-agent Mino Raiola to discuss a potential move.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise to see the Red Devils installed as 3/1 favourites for the 18-year-old’s signature.

But where does that leave AC Milan? And how are Man City and Real Madrid involved?

Of course, Donnarumma’s exit would leave the Serie A giants searching for a new goalkeeper. But they may not have to look very far, as there’s a readymade number one currently plying his trade in Italy.

Step forward, Joe Hart.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has already made it clear that there is no future for Hart at the Etihad. And while the former Shrewsbury Town youth product is currently at Torino, this is just a season-long deal, meaning the 29-year-old will be looking for a new club in the summer.

He may be the best possible replacement available to AC Milan, and with a year in Serie A already under his belt, Hart could be swayed to stay in Italy.

As for Real Madrid, they’ll be looking to add some serious talent to their ranks when their transfer embargo is lifted in the summer.

And having been linked with a move for David De Gea on several occasions in recent years, a move from United for Donnarumma might just pave the way for the Spain international’s exit.

So could this quartet of European heavyweights each play a role in a summer transfer domino effect?

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.