Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour be Zayed, is ready to play hardball with the rest of the footballing world come Janaury. He’s already preparing an out-of-this-world offer for one of the best keepers in the world. Will he be able to say no to £50m?
Manchester City are ready to make an offer for Gianluigi Buffon that they hope neither Juventus nor the world-class goalkeeper can refuse.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the front man for Middle East money-men who own the Barclays Premier League club, is so keen to sign Buffon that he is willing to pay £50million for the Italy international with a five-year contract worth £12m a year. The deal could cost up to £110m.
Buffon, currently recovering from a thigh injury, remained loyal to Juventus even when they were relegated to Serie B in the wake of match-fixing allegations. (Daily Mail)
Buffon is considered by many to be the top keeper in the world. Whilst many might contend that the current number is too high, you have to consider that the owner of the club has unlimited funds at City’s disposal. Even if the figure is overinflated, the Sheikh probably doesn’t care. All he knows is that he wants the top keeper on his squad.
Buffon has said countless times that he wouldn’t leave Juve for all the money in the world; but would he really turn an offer of £50m down?
What do Manchester City supporters think about the news? Would Buffon make a difference at the club?