In the summer, Leeds United were linked with a shock move to bring in legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from Paris Saint-Germain.
Sport Witness relayed the information from Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and it had a minority of Leeds United fans excited that the club might actually sign one of the greatest goalkeepers to have ever played the game.
Of course, the deal didn’t happen, as most Leeds fans expected. Former YEP lead Leeds United journalist Phil Hay described the rumours as ‘comedy’ on Twitter and everyone moved on. Leeds eventually signed French youngster Illan Meslier as back-up to number one Kiko Casilla. Buffon headed back to his beloved Juventus and that was that.
But after comments from the Leeds United chairman this week, could the rumours about 176-cap Buffon have been true?
Andrea Radrizzani told Gianluca Di Marzio, as reported by Leeds Live, that he made requests about both Edison Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January after Eddie Nketiah was recalled by Arsenal.
Radrizzani is obviously a well-connected man and his links with PSG and AC Milan, the team Zlatan eventually signed for, are well-known.
It was the links with PSG’s hierarchy that led to a Cavani enquiry and Buffon was, of course, just coming to the end of his contract in the French capital when Leeds were suddenly linked.
Neither deal seemed likely, either did Buffon. But amid his latest comments, it could be that Leeds really did at least ask the question regarding the Italian legend.