Manchester United Ready to Offer Player Swap to Seal £14m Keeper Deal

Old Trafford boss lines up move for Italian international.

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Sports News - January 30, 2009

Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for veteran Italian international Gianluigi Buffon this summer as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to bring in a long term replacement for Old Trafford keeper Edwin Van der Sar.

The giant Dutch international is clearly nearing the end of his lengthy career and with Thomas Kuszczak and Ben Foster unable to ably stake their case as the new Manchester United number one which has left Ferguson with no choice other than to bring in a new custodian.

At 32 Buffon is still by no means ‘old’ for a keeper and the former Parma man has been at the top of his game for the best part of a decade and is clearly more than able to make the move from Juventus to Manchester United. The Italian has made noises about wanting to leave the Turin club and would surely jump at the chance of a new challenge in the Premier League.

Sir Alex is apparently ready to offer cash and players if needed in order to lure the man with 100 Italian international caps. The likes of Federico Macheda, Anderson and the club’s spare keepers may be offered in an attempt to snap up the legendary goalie who is valued at around £14m

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