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Gianluigi Donnarumma completes PSG move following controversial AC Milan exit

The Italy international, who was named the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2020, has signed a five-year deal in Paris and becomes the French club’s fourth big-name signing of the summer, after Gini Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi

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Italy’s Euro 2020 hero Gianluigi Donnarumma has completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper, named player of the tournament at the European Championships following his displays in the Azzurri’s triumph, joins PSG after the expiration of his AC Milan contract.

Donnarumma, who joined the Rossoneri as a teenager in 2013 before making 251 appearances for the club, has signed a five-year contract in the French capital, worth a minimum £10.3million per season.

“I am delighted to be part of this huge club,” he declared.

“I feel ready to take on this new challenge and continue to grow here.

“With Paris, I want to win as much as possible and to bring joy to the supporters.”



Gianluigi Donnarumma starred for Italy at Euro 2020
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PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: “We are delighted to welcome Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris Saint-Germain. We congratulate him on his UEFA EURO 2020 success and winning Player of the Tournament.

“I know Gianluigi will receive a warm Parisian welcome from everyone at the club, including his teammates, our staff and all the supporters.”

Donnarumma left Milan in controversial circumstances, following fraught and ultimately futile contract negotiations between club officials and his agent, Mina Raiola.

Ultimately, Milan pulled their offer, and signed his replacement, Lille’s Mike Maignan.









The perceived antics of Raiola and Donnarumma led to outrage among sections of the club’s support, as well as legendary former boss Arrigo Sacchi, who vented his fury last month in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I can’t hide my sorrow,” he said. “If he was happy with Milan, the club that made him grow and valued him, then he had to stay.

“In life, it is important to show gratitude towards those who gave you an important chance and this was an opportunity to demonstrate it. Also, the club had offered him a rich contract. So I ask myself: why go away? Why force the situation?”



Donnarumma and Italy celebrate their Euro 2020 success in Rome
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Now Donnarumma is PSG’s fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of fellow free agents Gini Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos, plus £54million Achraf Hakimi, who signed from Inter Milan.

With Neymar’s new contract in the bag too and the club still insisting Kylian Mbappe is going nowhere, boss Mauricio Pochettino will be tasked with reclaiming the Ligue 1 title next season, while also mounting another Champions League push.

With Keylor Navas, the club’s long-time No.1 still in situ however, his new Italian ‘keeper faces a fight to be an immediate starter.

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