Gianluigi Donnarumma could be free to negotiate with any club from 1st January 2018 and leave AC Milan for free in next summer's transfer window. This is being driven by his agent, Mino Raiola, who wants to dig up the ashes of the soap opera that was contract renewal ahead of this season.
Milan contract signed under duress
According to reports coming out of Italy, the 'super agent' has identified several legal loopholes in which he can nullify the agreement that was signed. Corriere della Sera stated on Tuesday that one of Mino Raiola's lawyers and advisers had informed the legal team at the Milan club of their intention to request the nullification of the contract due to the player being under duress when he signed it.
Donnarumma, for his part, would have sent a document to the club's leaders in which he maintains that during the negotiations he was subjected to psychological pressure and that he did not sign the new contract with sufficient calmness. This fact, according to the newspaper, would be grounds for the contract being ruled null and void in accordance with the Italian Civil Code.
Despite this request, the goalkeeper would have already have earned three installments of his new salary agreed in the contract which rose considerably to 11 million euros gross per year. This will in itself be used as one of the arguments in the club's defense.
Another approach for Raiola to pursue
But the duress argument is not the only ace up the sleeve of Raiola. An agreement had been reached between Milan CEO Marco Fassone and Raiola for two different exit clauses: stipulating that the goalkeeper would be allowed to leave for 40 million euros (seen by many as a bargain) if Milan do not qualify for the Champions League and 70 million euros if they do. However, Milan did not submit this aspect to the Serie A authorities.
If the wrongs of this are not resolved (the parties could turn to arbitration) the contract would be cancelled and this would result in Donnarumma being free from July 1. This of course would mean the player being sold off to the highest bidder - a juicy commission no doubt for Raiola included - and there are said to be several suitors around Europe. PSG, according to Corriere della Sera, are currently ahead of Real Madrid in the race to seduce the goalkeeper.