World Cup winner turned down offers from Man United & Man City to complete Serie A transfer this summer

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Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon rejected moves to Manchester United and Manchester City before rejoining Juventus at the start of July.

The 41-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Bianconeri after leaving Paris Saint Germain, who decided not to offer him an extension.

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The veteran shot-stopper left Turin after 17 successful seasons in 2018 but was unable to hold down a spot as Thomas Tuchel’s number one in Paris.

Buffon returned to Juventus after becoming a free agent this summer, but not before turning down offers from Man United and Man City – as the Daily Mail reports.

It is understood that the World Cup winner would have earned a much larger wage packet at either of the Premier League clubs and he was tempted to experience English football for the first time in his career.

However, the lure of going back to Juve was too strong for Buffon to ignore and he will now compete with Wojciech Szczesny for a place between the sticks at the Allianz Stadium next season.

Buffon returned to Juventus this summer

United are reportedly lining up a new goalkeeper just in case David de Gea decides to leave the club during the summer window, with talks over a new deal at Old Trafford currently stalling.

City, meanwhile, were only looking at Buffon as a potential number two behind Ederson and Guardiola was set for talks with the ex-Italy international before he got the call from Juventus.

Despite his advancing years, Buffon remains a sought-after talent with plenty to offer at the highest level and it would have been interesting to see him cutting his teeth in the Premier League.

However, Juventus have been lucky enough to secure his services for another season, which will surely see Maurizio Sarri’s team challenge for trophies on multiple fronts.

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