Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Arsenal to move for Buffon

Arsenal are considering a move for Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who is available on a free transfer this summer, according to the Daily Mail.Buffon is expected to leave Turin at the end of the season after 10 years at the club and has announced today that he could be leaving at the end of the current campaign.When asked on Italian TV show Chiambretti Night if he would be at Juve for life, he responded: "That could be considered as true but it is not totally correct. "I don't think I'm a man for the transfer market - you can't make money on a 33-year-old. Nevertheless, I do think that I have still got four or five years left in me at the top level."If there was a possibility of a move then I would discuss the matter with [Juve director general] Giuseppe Marotta," he added.Although the 33 year-old's contract runs until 2013, a clause put in place after Juve's relegation to Serie B stipulates he can leave on a free at the end of this season. Italy's number one is considered a more viable option by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger whose other goalkeeping targets - Pepe Reina, Maarten Stekelenburg and Manuel Neuer - will cost around the £20m mark.Arsenal's goalkeeping problems have been evident this season with Manuel Almunia's loss of form and injuries to number one Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski, and Vito Mannone.The short-term signing of former Gunners 'keeper Jens Lehmann shows the shortage of stoppers currently at the club's disposal.Manchester City's attempts to sign Buffon for a reported £50m in 2008 were rebuffed by the player but a move to one of the Premier League's top clubs could prove tempting.The mega-rich club were reputed to have made a second approach last summer before the form of Joe Hart forced a rethink.

His agent, Silvano Martina, has indicated his client could be set to leave Juventus at the end of the current campaign.
"Juventus stay? I don't know, we will have to evaluate things with the club," Martina said.
"What we do know is that he still has a two-year deal there. "As for Manchester City I don't believe so as they have the England national goalkeeper and I know Mancini is happy with him. Therefore there is no possibility."Roma could prove Arsenal's biggest rival in the race for Buffon's signature if their proposed takeover by Thomas DiBenedetto is completed.

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