Barcelona are considering to make a move for the free agent Gianluigi Buffon.
Barcelona are set to lose their backup goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. The Dutch International has been constantly linked with a move away to Benfica and Manchester United and his departure looks inevitable in this window.
Manager Ernesto Valverde has been looking for a proper understudy to Marc Andre Ter Stegen for a while now and sees Gianluigi Buffon as a perfect replacement for the outgoing Cillessen. The Italian International confirmed his departure from Paris Saint Germain this summer and will be available as a free agent.
According to Sky Italia, Barcelona are in the initial stages to get in touch with his representatives to make a move in the future. The 41-year-old wants to continue his playing career, and has offers from around the world, including Brazil, China, Germany, and Turkey. He is not interested in a move to the Chinese Super League, as per the reports.
Fenerbahce is the only Turkish club to show concrete interest in signing the veteran as a free agent. However, Valverde feels that Buffon would act as a proper guide to Ter Stegen, who still has a decade left in his career.
Buffon is likely to demand high wages albeit about the prospect of playing as number two. The Blaugrana are offering him a year contract, but they are already suffering from their wage problems and Buffon, at this time, would be an unwelcomed move.
The Italian International made 25 appearances for PSG last season and started the game against Manchester United which ended in a defeat at Parc Des Princes. He made two disastrous errors which lead to an exit from the Champions League.
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
Barcelona want to sign Gianluigi Buffon as back-up to Marc-André ter Stegen, according to @DiMarzio.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 6, 2019
Barcelona are mulling over the option of bringing in Gianluigi Buffon as back-up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, claims Sky Sports.
Thoughts? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LhB7PxR3BK
— Goal (@goal) June 7, 2019
Barcelona have offered to Buffon a place as back-up keeper, according to Sky Italy
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 6, 2019
🧤 Per @DiMarzio, Barcelona want to sign Gianluigi Buffon.
With Jasper Cillessen almost certain to leave the club this summer, Barcelona want to make Buffon their back-up to Marc-André ter Stegen. #FCBlive #FCBarcelona #LaLiga #Buffon pic.twitter.com/1iC7Pxheqm
— Mouhamad Rachini | محمد الرشعيني (@ThatArabKeeper) June 6, 2019
Barcelona are looking to postpone Gigi Buffon’s retirement for one more season, by offering him a contract as second choice goalkeeper behind Marc-André ter Stegen. They’re looking to beat Fenerbahçe and Fluminense to the Italian legend’s signature. [Sky Italia] pic.twitter.com/CA7zlMH3nT
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) June 7, 2019
Barcelona are considering Gianluigi Buffon, who announced his departure from PSG earlier this week, as a back-up option to Marc-André ter Stegen.
(Source: Sky in Italy) #Barca #Transfers pic.twitter.com/i5D5whcbdh
— Hala Transfer News (@HalaTransfers) June 7, 2019
The move to Barcelona looks a possibility and Valverde would welcome this transfer with open arms to strengthen this department.