Speculation that Gianluigi Buffon is in talks with Leeds is becoming more concrete, with Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport suggesting that the Italian legend is open to the move.
The Daily Mail also suggest an offer has been made to the goalkeeper, who is currently out of contract after leaving PSG, but that he prefers a move to Porto.
It would be a shock move for the 41-year-old, who’s only spell outside any top flight came in 2006 when he chose to stay with Juventus after they were demoted due to influencing the appointments of match officials.
Porto and Fluminese are also interested, so it would take a big offer to tempt Buffon to Elland Road, unless the lure of Bielsa is too good to turn down.
The Yorkshire Evening Post yesterday dismissed the links between Leeds and Buffon, but with Gazzetta Dello Sport insisting contact has been made this transfer could be more than wild speculation.
As surprising and unlikely as this move is, it can’t be counted out just yet. Buffon is no longer attracting interest from Europe’s top clubs and the appeal of Bielsa and getting Leeds back into the Premier League could be enough to entice him – it would be a fitting end to a great career after all.
The biggest stumbling block would be his wages. He was reportedly on just less than £100,000 a week at PSG, and if he demands similar from Leeds then the deal just won’t be feasible. However, if he is willing to accept a pay cut he could be tempted by Bielsa and his project to return Leeds to the Premier League.