Gianluigi Donnarumma: Italian goalkeeper joins PSG in free transfer

Paris St-Germain have finalized the signing of Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old joins PSG after being named player of the tournament as Italy won Euro 2020 on Sunday.

He saved two penalties as the Azzurri beat England in a shootout.

Donnarumma, who signed a five-year contract with PSG, announced earlier this week that he is leaving AC Milan after his contract expires.

“I am very happy to be part of this great club,” he said.

“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 give joy to the supporters.”

Donnarumma has 33 caps for Italy and has been their first-choice goalkeeper under head coach Roberto Mancini.

He made 251 appearances for Milan in all competitions after making his debut at the age of 16.

He has appeared in all but one of the club’s Serie A games in 2020-21, helping them to finish second and secure a return to the Champions League after a seven-year absence.

AC Milan have already signed a replacement for Donnarumma with Frenchman Mike Maignan, who helped Lille beat PSG to the Ligue 1 title last season.

PSG, led by former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, were beaten by Manchester City in last year’s Champions League semi-finals, having been a finalist for Bayern Munich the year before.

Donnarumma is the third free transfer from PSG signed this summer, with Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, joining after leaving Liverpool and 35 years old Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, move after the end of his contract with Real Madrid.

PSG also signed Moroccan right-back Achraf Hakimi, 22, from Inter Milan on a five-year contract.

PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said he was “happy to welcome” Donnarumma to the club and congratulated him on his success at Euro 2020.

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

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