Whilst Juventus are due to renew Gigi Buffon’s contract, they are also reportedly eyeing three players to one day potentially replace him.
No 1 at the club since his 2001 summer arrival, Buffon is speculated as on the verge of committing to a new contract in Turin to tie him down until perhaps June 2017.
Tuttosport, who are leading those suggestions, have also run through the club’s intentions further down the line, when the now 36-year-old eventually does hang up his gloves.
It is understood that they Bianconeri have signposted three potential candidates to step in between the sticks at Juventus Stadium.
First up is believed to be the highly rated Jan Oblak, Benfica’s 21-year-old Slovnian ‘keeper, who reportedly has a contract in place until June 2018, a buyout clause of €20m and interest already from the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.
A cheaper second option that Juve have is Nicola Leali, on their books already and reportedly in line this year for a run in Serie A.
After two years on loan in Serie B, the 21-year-old is seen as attracting the interest of Cesena and Empoli, to provide him with a run in the top-flight that Juventus reportedly are keen for him to taste as part of his development.
Meanwhile, the third name in the club’s mind to maybe one day replace Buffon is Simone Scuffet, Udinese’s highly-rated 18-year-old, who has just signed a new five-year deal with the Zebrette.