Buffon set to net new deal
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Juventus are reportedly due to extend Gianluigi Buffon in an attempt to ward off interest from Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants are rumoured to be keen to recruit the Italy international and have purportedly had a é¼30 million offer rejected by Juve.
Buffon has already stated he is not interested in a switch to El Santiago Bernabeu but Juve are determined to protect their number one.
The shot-stopper is currently tied to the Turin outfit until 2008 but he is due to net a two-year extension to that deal.
Though there is no official confirmation of the extension, it is a signal that Juve are desperate to retain Buffon's services.
If Buffon signs on the dotted line, he can expect a wage increase for pledging his future to Juventus.
In addition, Real's interest in Buffon is likely to spark fresh rumours that Iker Casillas could leave the Spanish capital in the summer.