While Donnarumma is still expected to renew terms with the Italian giants, the fact they have just a few months to reach an agreement has left the Blues waiting to pounce should the opportunity arise.
According to Eurosport, talks between Donnarumma and the Italian club have been held up in recent weeks, which has left the Blues contemplating over whether they should make a move for highly-rated keeper.
Chelsea are reportedly monitoring Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract situation at AC Milan
The report goes on to claim that the Blues would be tempted into signing the 22-year-old if he did run down his contract, despite the club’s main priorities being to sign a new defender and striker this summer.
Bringing in Donnarumma also raises more questions over Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future at the club.
In the past three years, Chelsea have shelled out a combined £94million on Kepa (£72m) and Edouard Mendy (£22m), but the acquisition of Donnarumma would likely sort their issues at No 1 for the next decade or so.
With Mendy only arriving last summer, out-of-sorts Kepa would once again be faced with the Stamford Bridge exit, with the Spaniard himself admitting that his performances haven’t been up to scratch.
The keeper is in the final six months of his deal with AC Milan and contract talks have stalled
The 26-year-old signed a seven-year deal worth £150,000 a week when he joined the club, with his contract not expiring until 2025.
However, Donnarumma’s arrival would likely confirm the world’s most expensive goalkeeper’s departure.
Donnarumma has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge before, while the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have also shown interest in the past.
Eurosport go on to claim Donnarumma is looking for £9.1m a year on his next deal with AC Milan, which has seen contract talks stall.
The goalkeeper eased fears of a San Siro departure last month by revealing his intention to extend his contract. However, his agent, Mino Raiola’s latest demands have thrown a spanner in the works.
Should Chelsea sign Donnarumma, questions over Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future will be asked
Donnarumma would likely become the club’s No 1 goalkeeper ahead of Edouard Mendy
Raiola wants a £35m release clause added to Donnarumma’s new deal at the San Siro while he is also pushing to reduce the proposed five-year offer to a two-year deal so that he can renegotiate the salary again in 2023.
Chelsea would be more than willing to match Donnarumma’s wage demands should he become available but the ongoing fixture congestion has made negotiating difficult for the player.
As it stands, Stefano Pioli’s side are sitting in second place in the Serie A table – four points off leaders Inter Milan, and remain as one of the favourites to win the Europa League.