City, who are currently without the services of Joe Hart for the next few weeks with an ankle injury, are reportedly willing to offer Juventus £50m for Buffon, while offering him a five-year contract worth £12m per year.
While the chances are high that City will make a big signing in January, is Buffon a realistic target? He’s been very loyal to Juve, staying at the club even after their relegation to Serie B in 2006, so it doesn’t appear that he’s raring to go anywhere. However, he could be interested in a new challenge, and earlier in the week, he said that if a huge offer did come in for him, he’d tell the directors to accept it.
But, it seems highly, highly unlikely that Juventus would consider selling Buffon, at least anytime soon. £50m would be a £20m profit on their £30m investment in 2001, but money can’t tempt everyone, especially when it comes to the best keeper in the world.
You certainly can’t fault City for aiming high though, right?