Gunners weigh up move for Serie A veteran

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Arsenal could sign Italian World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon this summer to help solve their goalkeeping problems.

Issues in goal have undermined the North Londoners' search for their first trophy in six years and despite recruiting Jens Lehmann until the end of the season a permanent candidate is still required to boost the club's chances of breaking that unfortunate sequence.

And it seems that Arsene Wenger will turn to Buffon, who has just one year remaining on his current deal.

"Juventus stay? I don't know, we will have to evaluate things with the club. What we do know is that he still has a two-year deal there," Buffon's agent, Silvano Martina said.


At 33 years old Buffon is unlikely to demand a transfer fee in excess of £10 million, like previous targets Pepe Reina, Maarten Stekelenburg and Manuel Neuer.

Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny and Manuel Almunia have all tried and failed to make the Arsenal goalkeeping position their own this season, one which saw their Carling Cup, FA Cup and Champions League hopes dashed within 13 days.

Arsenal's hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League also hit a snag two weeks ago, when Almunia's latest error help West Bromwich Albion grab a point in a high scoring draw at The Hawthorns.

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