Barcelona keen on free agent Gianluigi Buffon

The January transfer window might seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up, so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Barca keen on Juve legend Buffon

Barcelona have made contact with Italian veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon about joining them in the summer, according to Foot Mercato.

The 43-year-old is currently on the books at Juventus, but announced that he will be leaving when his contract comes to an end in the summer of this year.

This means he will be a free agent, something Barcelona have been scouring the market for ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

A plethora of names have been linked with a move to Catalonia, including Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia, Lyon forward Memphis Depay and Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum — all of whom are out of contract at the end of the season.

Barcelona’s plan could be to allow Pedro Neto to leave and pursue regular minutes, while bringing in a fee for the Brazilian, before signing Buffon for free to act as back-up for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

It is also felt that the veteran’s presence could help nurture La Masia graduate goalkeepers Inaki Pena and Arnau Tenas, who have already featured in Ronald Koeman’s squads this season.

If the move does come to fruition, it is likely to involve a short-term contract and one last experience for Buffon in his playing career.

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