The biggest rumor of the day, by far, has Manchester City reportedly to make a huge splash in January by making a bid for Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon.
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?