Sir Alex is reportedly considering replacing one world class keeper with another.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich are both mulling moves for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, according to reports in Italy.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have been linked with a string of glove-men in recent weeks, with veteran Dutchman Edwin van der Sar expected to retire at the end of the season.
Schalke stopper Manuel Neuer, Sporting glove-man Rui Patricio, Lazio custodian Fernando Muslera, Bayer Leverkusen ‘keeper Rene Adler, Fiorentina shot-stopper Sebastien Frey and CSKA Moscow No.1 Igor Akinfeev are all reportedly on Ferguson’s shortlist.
The Old Trafford supremo ruled out a move for the latter following Tuesday’s Champions League draw with the Russians.
But, according to Tuttosport, Italian stalwart Buffon is also on the Red Devils’ radar.
The 31-year-old has made more than 200 league appearances for the Old Lady since arriving from Parma in 2001, and reaffirmed his place as one of the world’s best goalkeepers this week with a stunning save against Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League. (Four Four Two)
Indeed a plethora of keepers have been linked with the soon to be vacant spot left by the ever dependable Edwin Van der Sar and whilst some seem plausible and others seem unwise perhaps a move for Gianluigi Buffon could have a ring of possibility about it.
I have to be honest and say that I was surprised that the Italian international was still just 31, relatively young in goalkeeping terms, after all he appears to have been around for decades. In an impressive career in the Serie A he has won just about everything and is closing in on his 100th international cap.
But perhaps after an entire career in his native Italy he is ready for a new challenge? The temptation for a change may be the biggest pull bringing the former Parma man to Old Trafford. Sir Alex would surely be keen on a player with such vast experience and such a safe pair of gloves.