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2 reasons why Buffon joining Leeds United actually might happen

From Juventus to PSG, to... Leeds United?

Gianluigi’s Buffon’s contract with PSG has come to an end this summer. With the 41-year-old not ready to retire, one lucky club could gain his services for free.

This man needs no introduction, Gianluigi Buffon has been regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in modern football, with seventeen years between the sticks at Juventus and one for PSG.

Buffon has recently said the following:

‘Ernest Hemingway wrote that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris. Today onwards, this will also apply to me: Paris, in some way, will always remain my home.’

Regarding this, it seems that the world-famous goalkeeper would be truly happy in either Paris or Italy. However, the three clubs involved with him currently are Fluminense of Brazil, Portuguese giants Porto, and the historically acclaimed Leeds United who should be pushing for promotion to the English Premier League next season.

Out of these three clubs, Leeds may be the most appealing option to Buffon, and here are two reasons why…

Close to Home

Buffon clearly wants to be close home – Paris or Italy. Which could eliminate a move to the South American club Fluminense.

Leaving Porto, who finished 2nd in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, and Leeds United, who came 3rd in the Championship last year, narrowly missing a promotion.

The Challenge

Gianluigi Buffon is a 41-year-old goalkeeper who is still going strong, and he has been one of the most respected players at very successful clubs. As he closes in on the end of a very long career, he may be interested in a new type of challenge.

With FC Porto and Leeds United left to entice him, he may consider the Portuguese league with Porto as an ‘easier’ option. Whereas he could go down in English football history by securing promotion for Leeds United to the Premier League.

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