There might be a new goalkeeper for the ‘Arsene Wenger almost signed’ XI, with Gianluigi Buffon claiming that Arsenal are one of three Premier League clubs who almost signed him.
Buffon has established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers of the modern era, and remains the most expensive in history after his move to Juventus in 2001.
The 39-year-old is preparing for Saturday’s Champions League final as he attempts to win the one trophy that has eluded him throughout his career in Italy, but he claims that things could have been different for him.
The Italian says that Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all failed in attempts to sign him before.
“From what I know, there have been three serious times when English clubs made an approach for me,” Buffon is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“Two of them were when I was a young player at Parma, and I know Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger asked about me – and then, when Manchester City was taken over, I know they approached Juventus.
“There are many reasons why none of the deals happened. Even though the Premier League is a special league, I have always wanted to stay loyal to Juventus.
“I have always been very successful here. I would not have changed anything.”