Chelsea is showing strong interest in securing the signing of Milan’s starting goalkeeper, Mike Maignan, ahead of the upcoming Premier League season. Reports from French media outlet L’Equipe, via MilanNews, indicate that the Blues are eager to acquire the French shot-stopper.
However, Milan is currently unwilling to part ways with the 27-year-old keeper. The current situation sees Chelsea looking to offload their current goalkeepers, Edouard Mendy and Kepa, as their recent performances have failed to impress the Premier League side.
Meanwhile, Maignan is reportedly dissatisfied with Milan’s decision to remove club legend Paolo Maldini from his position as Sporting Director. Chelsea hopes to capitalize on the tense atmosphere within the Milanese club and turn it to their advantage.
Chelse and Mike Maignan
Maignan, who joined Milan from Lille for a fee of €15m, has thrived under manager Pioli and played a crucial role in helping Milan secure their first Serie A title in eleven years last season. Despite Milan’s reluctance to sell their star goalkeeper.
The current circumstances may lead Maignan to consider requesting a departure from the San Siro after two seasons. Daniele Longo of Calciomercato.com reports that Chelsea is highly interested in Maignan as they search for a new goalkeeper.
In fact, they are willing to offer €60m to convince Milan. However, as mentioned by the journalist, Maignan is not currently on the market, and Milan believes he is worth double the amount Chelsea is offering.
A €120m valuation may deter many potential suitors, similar to the high price tag that kept Rafael Leao at Milan before his contract renewal. Maignan’s uncertain future comes despite having three years remaining on his current contract.