Report: Gigi Buffon Nearing Return to Juventus After 1 Season with PSG

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 25, 2019

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian goalkeaper Gianluigi Buffon warms up prior to the French Ligue 1 football match between Reims (SDR) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Auguste-Delaune stadium in Reims, on May 24, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is reportedly close to rejoining his old club following a single season at Paris Saint-Germain.

Buffon, 41, left Turin in July 2018 after 17 years with the Bianconeri, but Sky Sports' Gianluca Di Marzio reported he's now ready to head back to the Old Lady:

The veteran stopper held Juve's No. 1 jersey for the entirety of his first stint but would be expected to serve as understudy to Wojciech Szczesny in the event he returns.

The 176-times capped former Italy international had a mixed campaign at the Parc des Princes and made 25 appearances for PSG in all competitions, leaving with a Ligue 1 winners' medal in his possession.

Buffon made 656 appearances for Juve during his first tenure and rejoins a squad that's changed a lot since he left Italy last summer.

Blogger Hashim illustrated some of the key differences to which Buffon will need to adjust:

Maurizio Sarri has taken over at Juventus after Massimiliano Allegri stepped down from their helm after securing an eighth successive Serie A title for the club this past season.

Sportswriter David Amoyal praised the fine work of Szczesny in locking down the club's No. 1 jersey as his own, even with the potential return of a legend like Buffon:

ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson wrote in April that PSG were hoping to tie Buffon down to another two-year deal until 2021. His first contract with the club contained the option of an extra year, but the Italian has opted for a homecoming instead.

Juve's fans will be excited to have such a respected figure back in Turin, with Sarri gaining a valuable member for the dressing room ahead of his maiden season in new territory.

Related

    Conte Says He Was Never Close to Juve Job

    Juventus logo
    Juventus

    Conte Says He Was Never Close to Juve Job

    Football-italia
    via Football-italia

    Bernardeschi's Ready to Claim Sarri's Right-Wing Spot

    Juventus logo
    Juventus

    Bernardeschi's Ready to Claim Sarri's Right-Wing Spot

    Football-italia
    via Football-italia

    Bruno Fernandes Could Play His Last Sporting Game

    'Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don't know'

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Bruno Fernandes Could Play His Last Sporting Game

    'Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don't know'

    Sky Sports
    via Sky Sports

    Woodward Working on 2 Deal, Misses Man Utd Tour

    Man Utd vice-chairman hasn't missed a tour until now 👀

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Woodward Working on 2 Deal, Misses Man Utd Tour

    Man Utd vice-chairman hasn't missed a tour until now 👀

    via men