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Report: Leeds United Linked With Shock Move For Gianluigi Buffon

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Liverpool FC at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on November 28, 2018. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Championship side Leeds United have reportedly emerged as shock contenders to sign legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after his departure from PSG this summer.

The 41-year old confirmed his exit from the French champions last month opting not to extend his one-year deal by another 12 months.

According to a report by Italian publication Corriere della Sera, Buffon is weighing up interest from Marcelo Bielsa’s side but the Whites face stiff competition from Fluminense and Porto for his signature.

Leeds missed out on promotion to the Premier League in Bielsa’s first season at the club but the Argentine recently signed a contract extension meaning he will be taking charge at Elland Road for the upcoming campaign.

The Whites are reportedly in the market for a goalkeeper despite the January signing of Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid on a four-year deal worth £30,000 a week.

Casilla failed to impress at Elland Road and was at fault for a couple of goals during their play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County.

Leeds had also been linked with a loan move for Republic of Ireland and Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers but the addition of Buffon would add a wealth of experience to the Elland Road dressing room.

Buffon spent 17 years at Juventus winning 16 trophies as well as a World Cup victory in 2006 with Italy in what has been a star-studded career so far.

After his year at PSG, whose owners are reportedly interested in buying Leeds United, Buffon penned a letter to the club and the city thanking them for his time there.

“Ernest Hemingway wrote that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris.

“Today onwards, this will also apply to me: Paris, in some way, will always remain my home.

“Twelve months ago, I arrived at Paris Saint-Germain filled with enthusiasm, welcomed by the incredible warmth of the fans. It was really moving. Thank you, once again, from the bottom of my heart.”

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