Future 'unclear' for United and Arsenal's Serie A transfer target

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is in the dark over his future at the Bianconeri, alerting the attention of a number of potential suitors. reports that a number of clubs from the Barclays Premier League are monitoring his situation, and Serie A rivals AC Milan and Roma are also interested in securing the player's services.

Manchester United and Arsenal are the leading clubs in England said to be vying for the legendary goalkeeper, who has been capped 104 times for Italy in an illustrious career that includes the victorious World Cup campaign in 2006.

The 33-year-old star became the most expensive stopper of all time when he signed for Juventus in 2001 in a record-breaking £32.6million deal.

But Buffon is now at a crossroads in his career, and is said to be considering his future with the Old Lady after talks on a new contract seem to have stalled.


A source close to the player explained, "Gianluigi doesn't know if he has been put on the market, or if the club want to keep him.

"Juventus will confirm that in the next month, and Gianluigi will react when the club have made a decision.

"We are waiting to hear what Juve want to do and that should be decided soon. If Juventus decide they would like to keep him, Gianluigi will most probably stay, but either way he would like clarification over his future.

"A number of clubs in Serie A have enquired about his services and there is interest from the Premier League, but there has been no direct contact as of yet because the club have not made a decision over his future."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently tempted former Gunner Jens Lehmann out of retirement to sign a short-term deal until the end of the season, as cover during an injury crisis.

But continually unassured performances from current number one Manuel Almunia will have forced Wenger to contemplate bringing another recruit to the Emirates in the summer, and the Arsenal boss will likely favour an experienced professional.

Manchester United on the other hand are currently sweeping the market to line up a replacement for the retiring Edwin Van der Sar, who is set to hang up his Old Trafford gloves at the end of the current season.

Buffon would be an appealing acquisition for both Manchester United and Arsenal, so a summer scrap could ensue if the Italian is deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus after the current campaign.

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