This is an article that we thought we’d never be writing, and we can imagine it’s one you never thought you’d be reading, but as the links have surfaced here we are. Gianluigi Buffon would be a phenomenal signing at Elland Road.
Yes, we do mean THAT Buffon, the Italy and Juventus icon who recently brought his spell with PSG to an end has got three offers on the table from Porto and Fluminense in Portugal and Brazil as well as from the Championship giants Leeds United, according to Corriere della Serra, via The Daily Mail.
It may be an odd one, but the Italian great, even at the age of 41-years-old, could become dependable at Elland Road for Bielsa, even though it was just a few months ago that Bielsa signed Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid, BBC.
The World Cup-winning ‘keeper did actually average a 90% passing accuracy (per Transfermarkt) during his season in the French capital and has previously told FourFourTwo about his tendency to use his feet to get the team moving even from his deep position, which would seem like a natural fit in a Leeds side who like to dominate possession.
Indeed, Total Football Analysis deduce Bielsa likes his team to play out from the back so someone as good Buffon with his feet would certainly fit in.
Casilla, despite being at Real Madrid, hasn’t overly impressed for Leeds and it seems that Bielsa will be keen to make sure they bring the right man this time to guard their goalposts. What better man to do so than a former World Cup winner too?
Getting away from the obstacles of this deal, though, it would be a huge coup for the Whites if they could sign the Italian it would only be positive. What he’d bring in experience would be massive and the knowledge he could pass onto the young Bailey Peacock-Farrell would be invaluable, as well that, it’s easy to forget he’s still a top keeper, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.68 this season.
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