Gianluigi Donnarumma should leave AC Milan, says agent Mino Raiola

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Gianluigi Donnarumma's had a turbulent relationship with AC Milan.

Gianluigi Donnarumma should leave AC Milan, his agent said Thursday, a day after the teenage goalkeeper played a starring role in his team’s advance to the Italian Cup final.

The 19-year-old saved two penalties as AC Milan beat Lazio 5-4 in a shoot-out after the two-legged semi-final ended goalless to set up a rematch of their lost 2016 final against Juventus at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola‘s difficult relationship with AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has led to speculation he could soon leave the club.

“Gigio made a choice and that was to stay at Milan. I respect that. If he told me he wanted to leave though I’d start working immediately, because there are important offers,” Raiola said in an interview with Italian broadcaster Rai.

“In fact, if it were up to me, Gigio should leave Milan.”

Raiola said he has already started talking to clubs about Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 27, whose contract with French club Nice expires on June 30.

“I’ve spoken with Juventus, Roma, Napoli and Inter,” said Raiola. “Mario is ready to return, he has matured into one of the top 10 strikers in the world.

“In Italy he’s number one. He’s worth €100 million, but he’s on a free transfer and is therefore a bargain.

“I’m already negotiating with many clubs in England and in Italy. I’ve spoken with Juve, Roma, Napoli and Inter.”

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Liverpool looking to raid Southampton yet again with Mario Lemina the latest target

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Mario Lemina could be the latest player to leave Southampton for Liverpool.

Liverpool are eyeing yet another raid on Southampton as they ponder a transfer move for Mario Lemina, according to L’Equipe. 

The Gabon midfielder arrived at Southampton last summer from Juventus for a then-club record fee of £18 million, and has been one of the Saints’ best players during a troubled season for the south coast club.

Liverpool have already completed a deal for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita to join this summer, and they would like to pair the Guinean midfielder with Lemina.

If a deal happens, he would be the seventh player the Reds have recruited from Southampton since 2014. Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne, Sadio Mane, and most recently Virgil van Dijk have made the switch from south coast to Merseyaide.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whom Liverpool recruited from Arsenal last summer, is another former Southampton player in their ranks.

However, the Van Dijk deal was completed this January under acrimonious circumstances, which means a Liverpool advance for Lemina will not go down well.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is well-stocked in midfield, with Keita set to arrive in a team that already includes Giorginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can, Lallana, and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, rumours have abounded that Can could leave at the end of the season, and one of the other incumbents may also make way for Lemina, who’s had an impressive debut season in the Premier League.

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Liverpool promise summer signings as club generates £39m profit

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Liverpool will look to strengthen their squad further in the summer after their accounts returned to profit with a £39million surplus recorded in the latest financial results.

The club, which made a £21m loss for the year ending May 2016, benefited from a £30m increase in media revenue from the first year of the new three-season Premier League broadcast deal, with commercial revenue growing by £20m thanks to 12 new sponsorship partnerships.

A first season for Anfield’s expanded Main Stand saw match day revenue increase by £12m to £74m mainly as a result of increased hospitality sales and although bank debt rose from £22m to £67m through spending on capital infrastructure and player recruitment, there will be more new signings to follow in the summer.

“Performance on the pitch and the reinvestment in our squad is always a priority and following the club’s record signing last month we will look to invest again in the summer,” said chief operating officer Andy Hughes, referencing January’s £75m purchase of Virgil van Dijk.

“Progress on and off the pitch is critical to the growth of this football club – we all want success and everything we’re doing is geared toward fulfilling our football ambitions.”

The current figures, up to May 2017, do not take into account last summer’s combined spend of £80m on Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrew Robertson, nor Van Dijk’s purchase or Philippe Coutinho’s £142m January sale to Barcelona.

They do reveal £91m was spent acquiring the likes of Sadio Mane, Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan, Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip while £95m went on infrastructure like the Main Stand and associated renovation and plans for a revamped training ground.

“These results are approaching a year old. Further progress and reinvestments have continued to be made both on and off the pitch,” added Hughes.

“Our recent capital projects which include the Main Stand, the new retail store, the combined training ground and the new pitch at Anfield will be close to £200m which further demonstrates the commitment from this ownership.

“We continue to work up design, capacity and economic viability options for Anfield Road working with an architect to help with that process.

“This follows the same comprehensive process we followed with the Main Stand expansion.

“We must also continue to manage our finances and cash flow effectively that we have worked so very hard to secure since FSG took charge of the club.

“With the full support of this ownership group, we have significantly improved the club’s financial position over the past seven years and these results further demonstrate our solid financial progress – despite the ever-rising costs in football.

“During the seven years, we have seen operating profits one year and losses in others, a situation which can be attributed, in the main, to player trading costs and the timing of payments.

“What is important is the underlying trend that has continued with the aim of strengthening our financial position with profits being reinvested back into the club and players, allowing this long-term stability to become a reality.”

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