PSG Have Identified Gianluigi Buffon’s Replacement And Are Preparing A €60m Bid

Paris Saint-Germain have identified Gianluigi Donnarumma as the perfect replacement for the outgoing Gianluigi Buffon.

According to La Stampa, the Ligue 1 champions are preparing a first offer of €60m for the 20-year-old Italian shot-stopper.

Leonardo Araújo, who recently returned to France to become PSG's sporting director, is spearheading the move.

And the 49-year-old Brazilian is familiar with Donnarumma after working at Milan as sporting director.

The Italian newspaper also claims that Araújo is pushing ahead with a move due to his knowledge of Milan's tight finances.

The Serie A outfit would benefit from both the transfer fee for the highly rated Italian and that he is also a youth academy product, which would 'represent pure profit on the balance sheet.'

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Credit: PA

Donnarumma made 39 appearances across all competitions last season and kept 15 clean sheets.

And the Italy international has continued to make a name for himself ever since he broke into the first team back in 2015.

He has made over 100 appearances for Milan and has been linked with Manchester United this summer.

Buffon has shown admiration for Donnarumma in the past, even admitting that he wanted him to become Italy's number one after him.

"A goalkeeper to follow me? At the moment, the most interesting is Donnarumma," he told Copa90 in 2017.

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Credit: PA

"At a European level, he's the youngest and it's normal that there's curiosity surrounding him.

"He's a lad with extraordinary skills."

PSG axed Buffon after one season at the club as manager Thomas Tuchel wants to avoid rotating his first-choice number one next season.

According to reports, the Juventus legend could be heading to Porto as a potential successor to Iker Casillas.

PSG are expected to be in for a busy summer as they want to mount a Champions League title challenge next season.

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And Araújo could be expected to make another raid in Serie A for Lazio's Sergej Milinković-Savić.

According to Canal+, PSG will make an opening offer of €75m for the 24-year-old Serbian midfielder.

Lazio wanted €120m for Milinković-Savić last summer, but his fitness and drop in form could allow PSG to push ahead with a €75m move.

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