Juventus are set to hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon a new contract, but the Italian club should move for Petr Cech if they are to continue to evolve into a possible superpower of the game.
Buffon, who was part of the Italy side that were knocked from the group stages at the World Cup in Brazil, continues to defy his age and churn out masterful performances but at 36-years-old the club must begin to turn their attentions towards a possible successor.
Cech fits the bill and could depart Stamford Bridge as early as this month if he loses his fierce battle for the number one jersey to Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Since signing from Parma back in 2001, the Italian has continued to establish himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in world football.
He currently has five Serie A medals to his name, and had it not been for the match fixing scandal of 2006 when the club were stripped of two Scudetto titles, his résumé would be even more decorated.
As the club were relegated to Serie B and the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Viera and Fabio Cannavaro all jumped ship, Buffon opted to remain in Turin and - alongside Alessandro Del Piero and Pavel Nedved - played a key role in restoring them to Italy’s top flight.
Juventus’ recent spell of domestic dominance has been aided by the quality of the stalwart’s performances, with the Italian also keen to finally end his wait for Champions League glory having been part of the side that lost to AC Milan in the final on penalties in 2003.
However, with the sun beginning to set on his illustrious time in the sport and the club still in need of reinforcements to mount a serious assault on the European front, the biggest trophy of them all may evade one of the best of them all.
New goalkeeper? Cech…
It seems hard to believe that Jose Mourinho would cash in on such a valuable asset with the Premier League season now underway, but Courtois’ emergence could force his hand.
The Czech Republic international has been first choice in London ever since his arrival in 2004, making him the club’s second longest-serving player behind captain John Terry.
Like Buffon. the quality of his performances have not dwindled with age, instead Cech has channelled the experience to become an even better goalkeeper than the one that took the Premier League by storm 11 years ago.
The 32-year-old has lifted all the major gongs going, including the Champions League in 2012, and still has time on his side to be a big hit with the Old Lady if he joins the Massimiliano Allegri revolution.
Deal or no deal?
Cech would be a stellar signing for the Italian giants and a true heir to Buffon’s throne.
Real Madrid and Paris St Germain are also circling the experienced international, but opting for Serie A remains the most sensible decision.