Buffon tells Juve : Take the £60 million

Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has told the Serie A giants that if a bid of £60 million is on the table from Manchester City they should accept it. The Italian international has been strongly linked with a move to the world's richest club over the past 24 hours with several papers claiming City are willing to smash the world-record transfer fee of £47 million which Real Madrid paid Juve for Zinedine Zidane back in 2001.

City boss Mark Hughes is to be given £200 million to spend on new players in the January transfer window and it is now understood that Buffon is the club's number one target. City's new Arab owners are willing to treble Buffon's current wages of £80,000 and make him the highest-paid footballer in the world. Juve have so far denied any contact with the Premier League side but Buffon has had this to say about the rumours.

He said: "If a club is willing to pay that much for you, it would be fair to say I will tell the club and my agents to make the deal happen. Juve can go and buy a team full of champions of their own." The 30-year old has spent more than seven years at the Stadio Del Alpi and has become one of, if not the, greatest goalkeepers in the world.

Wouldn't it just be great to see Buffon come to England. In my mind, he is pure quality and would make City a far better side. If City were to pull this move off it would surely be one of the most surprising transfers of all time and it would send a real signal to Europe's elite that they plan to become serious contenders on the European stage.

Source : Daily Mirror