Barcelona ‘eye Gianluigi Buffon’ as fifth free agent in summer transfer plan

Barcelona are reportedly targeting Gianluigi Buffon as one of five free agents on their transfer radar this summer.

The 43-year-old Italian goalkeeper is set to leave Juventus at the end of the season as his second spell at the club comes to a close.

But he is yet to make a decision on what lies beyond with regards his career.

Buffon spent a year with PSG between his Juventus stints, and could now be tempted by the offer of a new challenge elsewhere.

“Either I stop playing, or if I find a situation that motivates me to play or have a different life experience, I will take it into consideration,” he said when announcing his forthcoming Juventus exit.

Gianluigi Buffon has emerged as a reported target for Barcelona

According to French outlet Foot Mercato, one of the proposals which could be open to him is a switch to the Nou Camp, with Barca chiefs keen on taking the experienced World Cup winner to the club.

Barcelona’s difficult financial situation has left them seeking out cheap options to boost their squad.

But Ronald Koeman is also adamant any new arrivals must bring something to his side.

Deals for Man City defender Eric Garcia and Lyon forward Memphis Depay appear to be all-but finalised, and Koeman remains hopeful of landing both Sergio Aguero and Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum if funds allow.

Adding Buffon to the mix could be a masterstroke, particularly at a time when Barcelona need to push their way back to the top of European football.

While his advancing years mean his days among the elite are numbered, Buffon’s wealth of experience would be welcome around the corridors of the Nou Camp.

And that could prove pivotal in the development of young goalkeepers Inaki Pena and Arnau Tenas, who are on the fringes of Koeman’s squad.

However, Barca would first have to make room in their budget for Buffon’s transfer, but part of their plan may see back-up stopper Neto sold on in exchange for a fee to boost the club’s finances.

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