Gianluigi Buffon linked to Monza Move

Gianluigi Buffon played his last game for Juventus in the Coppa Italia midweek final.© AFP



Gianluigi Buffon has been linked with a move to Silvio Berlusconi’s ambitious Monza when the great Italian goalkeeper leaves Juventus at the end of the season, according to reports in Italy on Friday. Monza missed the Serie A promotion play-off final on Thursday night after losing 3-2 on aggregate to Cittadella, despite a 2-0 second leg win in which Mario Balotelli scored. The Serie B squad are one of many clubs interested in signing the 43-year-old, who has not ruled out continuing to play, Gazzetto dello Sport and Corriere della Sera have reported.

Monza CEO Adriano Galliani texted Buffon right after announcing his exit from Juventus, Corriere said.

Turin daily Tuttosport also reported that former Buffon club Parma, where he started his career in 1995, were also interested after being relegated this season.

Buffon played his last game for Juventus in the Coppa Italia midweek final where he lifted the trophy for the sixth time.

It was his 685th game for Juventus and his 27th career trophy, including the 2006 World Cup.

“I analyze the proposals that I have received,” then revealed the Italian.

“If I find someone crazier than me with an interesting project, I will follow him.

“I will choose the one that I find the most stimulating.”

Former Italian prime minister and media mogul Berlusconi has missed a return to the top of Italian football for the first time since the sale of AC Milan in 2017 after 30 years loaded with trophies.

Berlusconi bought Monza, then in Serie C, in September 2019 for the relative paltry sum of three million euros ($ 3.4 million) and invested heavily in the team.

Promoted

He also enlisted his historic right-hand man Galliani to help guide the team to the top.

Monza was promoted to Serie B last season.

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