Thursday July 12 2012
Buffon, Juve’s new No 10?

There is speculation that Juventus’ search for a successor to Alessandro Del Piero’s No 10 shirt may stop with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Interest this summer surrounds who will take famous shirt number at the club, after Del Piero’s departure this summer. Speculation has pushed Sebastian Giovinco to the shirt and also transfer target Stevan Jovetic, whilst President Andrea Agnelli yesterday admitted that it is a decision that carries significance.

The Gazzetta dello Sport believe that goalkeeper Buffon is a surprise contender for the shirt and that he would be prepared to drop his No 1 jersey to take it.

This is understood to be an attempt from the ‘keeper to avoid internal disputes in the dressing room arising over the destination of the No 10 and so as to remove the burden that any replacement to Del Piero would otherwise face.

This would not be Buffon’s first experience of a less-than-traditional number, as during his days at Parma he wore the No 88 and No 77 shirts.