Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given the green-light for the club to put together a move for Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon this summer, according to a report.
The Sun states that with the Reds in the hunt for a new man between the sticks, the Juventus legend could be the man to arrive at Anfield but they will face a fight for him from Manchester City.
After retiring from international football following Italy’s knock-out from the World Cup 2018 qualifiers, it was thought that Buffon would look at offers away from the game.
But, with so much interest in the 6ft 3 40-year-old, the Juve player may choose to end his career in the Premier League when his contract ends win Turin in June.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems have been well-documented. With Simon Mignolet seemingly deemed not good enough and the jury out on Loris Karius, Klopp needs a safe pair of hands he can turn to and not have to worry about mistakes. The German will certainly have that in Buffon and with the fact that he is out of contract this summer, he will be free – an added bonus considering the sums of money the Reds were being asked for by Roma for Brazilian Alisson which now looks like a transfer deal that will be shelved in light of this revelation. Having said that, at 40-years-old, Buffon is no spring-chicken and any move for the Italian will have to be considered a short-term option while they continue the search for a player who can fill the net on a more long-term basis. We expect to see Mignolet out any time soon based on this latest report.
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