Could this World Cup winner be on his way to Emirates Stadium?
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said he is close to agreeing a contract extension with the Serie A champions but is only looking for a “short-term deal,” with a move to English Premier League club Arsenal again rumoured to be on the cards.
Buffon and Juventus have been negotiating all season over extending his current deal with the Bianconeri.
But the Italy keeper, who recently registered his 100th appearance in European competition as Juventus qualified top of their group for the last 16 of the Champions League, revealed he may not be at Juve for much longer.
“We need to speak about its (the contract’s) length. I want it to be a short-term deal, because I don’t need reassurance,” he told www.juventus.com.
“On the contrary, I think it’s better to be motivated and to have specific targets in mind. In any case we’re down to the final details.”
“I’m convinced I can remain at a high level for another two or three years and I’d be better suited on a short contract, so I’ll talk with them,” the 34-year-old told Mediaset Premium.
“I’ve had a huge career and do not want to relax on a long deal. I want to feel more on my toes, otherwise I’d become just a ‘normal’ goalkeeper.”
Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for Gianluigi Buffon in the last two summer transfer windows as he struggled to agree terms with Juve, and the legendary custodian was quite vocal in stating his preference for a Premier League move.
“If I had to leave, I think England would be my destination,” Buffon told Italy’s Sky Sport 24 at the height of the rumours.
“My desire to leave Juve is equal to that of Juve’s will to have me leave,” he concluded, rather cryptically.
With Arsenal fans still unsure about the ability of Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, Buffon could make an intriguing signing.
However, Juventus are unlikely to let their 34 year-old go – and certainly not in the near term, and whilst there seemed a possibility Arsenal would sign Buffon a year or two ago, it does not seem likely this time – especially if he commits to a contract extension.
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