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AC Milan announce signing Donnarumma replacement

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Stefano Pioli’s side have already wrapped up the deal for a new No 1, with their first-choice shot-stopper set to depart in the summer.

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AC Milan announce they have secured the signature of goalkeeper Mike Maignan on a five-year contract from Lille.

Maignan is understood to have cost Milan in the region of €15 million, which seems like a bargain considering his exploits this season. An all-important figure behind Lille’s title triumph, he conceded just 23 times in 38 league games and only 38 times in 48 appearances in all competitions and was awarded the Ligue 1 Golden Glove.

The 25-year-old Frenchman, who kept an impressive 21 clean sheets in Ligue 1 in 2020/21 – more than any other goalkeeper in the top five European leagues, will reportedly earn €2.5 million per season at San Siro.

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Starting from next season, he is expected to serve as the first-choice option for between the sticks for Milan replacing Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is set to depart the club in the summer after being their starter for the past six seasons.

A statement on the official club website read: “AC Milan is delighted to announce the signing of French player Mike Maignan from LOSC Lille, who will be joining the Club starting from 1 July 2021. The goalkeeper has signed a contract with the Rossoneri until 30 June 2026 and will wear the number 16 jersey.

“Born in Cayenne (French Guayana) on 3 July 1995, Mike Maignan spent his youth career at Paris Saint-Germain. In the summer of 2015, he moved to LOSC Lille, where he made 180 appearances over six seasons, winning the French Ligue 1 title in the season just ended.

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“After having played in all age categories of the French National Team, from Under 16 to Under 21, he made his senior international debut in October 2020 and is now part of the 26-man squad for Euro 2020.”