Championship side Leeds United are said to be interested in signing Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon, according to Corriere della Sera.

The Whites are looking to enhance their squad ahead of another serious tilt at promotion in the upcoming campaign, and are looking to pull off a transfer swoop which would be one of the most unbelievable additions in English football history.

The report claims that Leeds are deeply serious about signing the 41-year-old, who will leave French champions PSG when his contract expires there at the end of the month.

The Whites will be searching for a new goalkeeper this summer after their current incumbent, Kiko Casilla, made a couple of extremely costly mistakes in the Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County at the end of last term.

Those errors were so fatal that there might be no future for the Spaniard at Leeds any more, leaving Marcelo Bielsa to search for someone more reliable between the sticks.

The Whites boss has certainly found someone who fits into that category, but what chance he has of realistically signing the Italian legend remains to be seen.

One stumbling block for Leeds is likely to be the size of the clubs chasing Buffon for his signature. If they are to get the veteran stopper then the Yorkshire outfit will somehow have to beat off the challenge of the likes of Brazilian side Fluminense as well as Portuguese outfit Porto.

Another issue could be that with this expected to be the final contract of the illustrious career of the Italian goalkeeper, he is unlikely to want what is possibly his final season in the game to be spent in the second tier of English football.

Just being associated with the name of Buffon highlights the massive potential Leeds have under Bielsa, although the Argentine may end up looking elsewhere for a new stopper.


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