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Leeds trying to bring Italian legend Buffon to Elland Road

Leeds are planning an ambitious move to bring Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon to Elland Road.

The Championship side are interested in signing the goalkeeper, who is a free agent having left French champions Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.

Despite having turned 41 in January, the Italian is keen to continue playing after leaving the Ligue 1 club after just one season in Paris. Buffon previously spent 17 years at Italian giants Juventus, winning nine Serie A titles.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds will face competition from Brazilian side Fluminense and Portugal’s Porto for his signature, with the trio having all expressed an interest in signing the veteran.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is looking to build a side capable of promotion having narrowly missed out during his debut season in Yorkshire, losing to Derby County in the play-offs.

Despite his advancing years the signing of Buffon would represent a significant coup for a team in England’s second tier, the goalkeeper having amassed a record 176 caps for Italy and being part the country’s World Cup winning side in 2006.

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