Gianluigi Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, cannot understand why the 17-year-old has been singled out for criticism during a rough period of form for AC Milan, adding that if he is no longer wanted at the Serie A club, he can easily find him an alternative.
The Rossoneri have picked up just five points from their past seven Serie A games and were also knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Juventus, and Donnarumma has borne some of the brunt for this recent dip.
Milan have done little to defend Donnarumma publicly and Raiola issued a warning on transfer deadline day when he told Mediaset television that he will act in his client’s best interests.
“We’ve taken note [of the criticism],” Raiola said. “We just have to see what kind of a club Milan are going to be, and I’ve already told [general manager Adriano] Galliani this.
“I have to think of his interests and then we will see if there is any interest from Europe’s big clubs.”
Should Milan be unable to convince Donnarumma they can fulfil his ambitions, Raiola does not expect there to be any problem in finding another club for him, although any potential buyer would have to dig deep for the Italy international.
“Gigio is worth as much as a Modigliani, who is one of the greatest Italian artists,” Raiola said. “If a price were to be put on him then it would be Milan who would name it. The lad’s contract is not expiring just yet, though, so we shouldn’t make a drama for no reason.”
Raiola was coy when asked whether Juventus have already been in touch with him to discuss Donnarumma’s transfer, but his words were suggestive.
“You’ll have to ask [general manager Beppe] Marotta, [sporting director ] Paratici and [director Pavel] Nedved,” he added.