Donnarumma, Raiola set to meet with AC Milan despite claims of social hack –

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Agent Mino Raiola has confirmed he and Gianluigi Donnarumma will meet with AC Milan to discuss a new contract following the goalkeeper’s participation at the Under-21 Euros, ending a day’s worth of confusion on social media which led to the player claiming one of his accounts had been hacked.

The coveted goalkeeper stated earlier this month he would not be extending his contract with the club, sparking an angry reaction from some Milan fans to both the player and Raiola.

After the news was announced, fans at the European Under-21 Championship threw fake dollar bills at the Italy keeper during a game against Denmark.

And on Sunday afternoon, Donnarumma tweeted his support for Raiola amid reports in Italy that he was ready to part company with his representative by writing: “#Donnarumma #Raiola Yesterday, today and tomorrow!”

But the 18-year-old later appeared to use his Instagram account to apologise for the “uproar” the tweet caused, and stated he would meet with the San Siro club after the U21 Euros to discuss a new deal.

“Today my tweet sparked a real uproar, which I did not wish to create, so for that I apologise,” the post said.

Gianluigi Donnarumma stated earlier this month that he would not be renewing his AC Milan deal.

“I wish to reiterate my absolute love for Milan and its fans. Now all that’s in my mind is the national team, with whom I hope to give a gift to all the supporters.

“My promise is that, as soon as the [U21] Euros are finished, I will meet the club along with my family and my agent to discuss my renewal.”

His account was disabled soon after the message was posted, and Donnarumma returned to Twitter to announce it had been hacked, with Raiola also tweeting: “DONNARAIOLA x HATERS 1-0. What’s next?”

However, Raiola was back on Twitter to clear up the confusion not long after, finally confirming that he and Donnarumma would, in fact, be meeting with Milan after the tournament.

Raiola wrote: “Tweets’ between me and Gigi are tweets of friendship.

“After Euros we’ll meet Milan. Now Nazionale is important.”

Last week, Milan coach Vincenzo Montella visited Donnarumma’s family in an attempt to convince Gianluigi, who has been linked with both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, to stay.

Montella held talks with Donnarumma’s parents, and the player’s father, Alfonso, told La Gazzetta dello Sport he believed the situation would calm down.

“I hope that all the massive media interest in this ends soon,” he said.

“We parents are not influencing Gigio’s decision in the slightest — we just hope he gets what is best for him and what makes him happy.”

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fifa15guide – Manchester United nearing deal for Nemanja Matic of Chelsea – sources

Stevie Nicol feels Man United should do their best to sign Alvaro Morata, Jordi Alba and Fabinho to bolster their squad.

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and could sign the Serbia international before the end of the week, sources have told ESPN FC.

The 28-year-old, who returned to Chelsea for a second spell at Stamford Bridge in a £21 million transfer from Benfica in Jan 2014, has emerged as Jose Mourinho’s top target in his attempts to recruit a new defensive midfielder, with United being given no encouragement in their efforts to prise Eric Dier from Tottenham.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, Mourinho’s No. 1 option for the holding role, is expected to sign for Chelsea from Monaco — a move that will unlock the door for Matic to head to Old Trafford.

With the summer transfer window officially opening on July 1, clubs are likely to accelerate their business later this week ahead of the start of preseason training.

And with Chelsea confident of signing France international Bakayoko before flying to China for the first leg of their preseason tour, United are preparing to complete a deal for Matic, who could cost as much as £40m.

Mourinho has so far added just one player to his squad since the end of last season, with Sweden defender Victor Lindelof arriving at United from Benfica earlier this month.

Nemaja Matic is expected to leave Chelsea after the Stamford Bridge club sign Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The former Chelsea manager had been determined to have the bulk of his summer signings in place before taking his squad to the United States on July 9 for the start of preseason preparations.

But while Matic is a deal that United believe they can do before the flight to the States, they are still yet to make a significant breakthrough in their efforts to sign Spain striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

And efforts to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan have also hit a roadblock with the Italian giants demanding €55m for the Croatian winger — a figure regarded as too high by United.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_

Dom Dwyer, Kenny Saief get first United States call-ups for Gold Cup –

The guys chat with Paul Arriola, Richard Sanchez and Sam Borden as they discuss the U.S. draw at Mexico, dual-nationals and the 2018 World Cup.

Dom Dwyer and Kenny Saief will get their first opportunities to impress with the United States in July’s Gold Cup.

Bruce Arena released his 23-man squad for the CONCACAF tournament on Sunday, and new-U.S. citizen Dwyer and Saief, who last week switched his national team allegiance from Israel, are the most noteworthy additions.

Not in the squad, however, is goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, who was included in the 40-man preliminary roster despite two days before stating his preference for Mexico.

Sources told ESPN FC earlier this month the 22-year-old, who is eligible to play for both the U.S. and Mexico, had begun the process of tying his international allegiance to the U.S., but he will not play a part with at the Gold Cup.

With Gonzalez out, D.C. United’s Bill Hamid and New York City FC’s Sean Johnson were selected along with Brad Guzan in goal.

National team stalwarts such as Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Tim Howard were not expected to be included in the squad, and Arena’s list confirmed their exclusion, with the likes of Kelyn Rowe, Dax McCarty and Matt Miazga getting a chance to play alongside U.S. veterans Guzan and Alejandro Bedoya.