Manchester United have been linked with a move for Italian international keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

The Juventus stopper admitted earlier in the week that he was ready to leave Juventus, and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is now reportedly ready to make his move for the highly-rated keeper.

31-year-old Buffon is regarded as a veteran in European football, representing the bianconeri for almost a decade in Serie A and the Champions League.

Recognised as one of the all-time great goalkeepers, Buffon was the Italian number one for the World Cup winning side in 2006 and has made 100 appearances for the Azzurri.

At club level, Buffon made over 150 appearances for Parma between 1995 and 2001, helping the Gialloblu to a UEFA Cup, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana treble in 1999. Two years later, a €51.5 million transfer to the Stadio Olimpico made Buffon the most expensive stopper in the world.

Over 250 appearances later, and Buffon may finally be ready to leave Italy after a recent dismal run left Juventus languishing behind Inter and AC Milan in the race for the title.

"Always on the counter attack...that's enough, I cannot take it anymore," said Buffon after the recent defeat to Roma.

United have been linked with a string of goalkeepers, including Sebastien Frey, Igo Akinfeev and Atletico Madrid youngster David De Gea. Buffon eclipses all of these in terms of experience, and would be seen as an ideal replacement for the soon to retire Edwin Van der Sar.

Manchester City have also been linked with the stopper, but it's United who are reported to be the favourites by Italian newspaper Tuttosport. With just under a week until the transfer window closes, the Red Devils we need to act fast if they want to capture this coveted keeper.

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