If Wolves want to become one of the so-called “big-boys” of the Premier League then they need a big-name keeper to fill that gap between the sticks.

And there can be no bigger name than that of Gianluigi Buffon.

The 40-year-old stopper is an icon of the game but is available for nothing this summer when his contract comes to an end in a matter of a couple of weeks time.

Buffon has shown throughout the decades that he is a safe bet between the sticks, and with current number one, John Ruddy, an unknown and unproven quantity in goal in the Premier League, Nuno Espirito Santo needs an option he can call upon for experience, for knowledge and for a cool-head.

Even now, during these twilight years, the Italian 6ft 2 colossus is exactly that.

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And let’s face it, 31-year-old Ruddy can’t compete with the levels set by Buffon.

The Wolves stopper has one appearance for the England side, the Juventus ace has 176 for Italy.

A World Cup winner, multiple Serie A title winner, UEFA Cup winner, as well as a number of personal achievement awards, there can be no comparing the Italian legend with Ruddy.

Yes, he has been an important member of the side that gained promotion from the Championship but that was in a team that was by and large on the front foot – something that’s unlikely to happen in the Premier League.

With the financial backing Wolves now have, they can afford the player’s wages but they cannot afford to let him slip through the net.

Liverpool are reportedly showing an interest and Nuno must too, as he could be the player that is the difference between survival and relegation next season.

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