Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon makes sensational return to the Old Lady on a free transfer

GIANLUIGI BUFFON is set to make a sensational return to Juventus on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

The 41-year-old goalkeeper is heading back to the club where he spent 17 years to work under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The veteran Italian was linked with a shock move to Leeds as well as a return to Parama after spending just one year in France with PSG.

However, Buffon is in advance negotiations to rejoin Juventus on a season-long deal, according to Sky in Italy.

The former Italy international is also in talks for a director's position at the club after acting as back-up for Wojciech Szczesny.

Buffon came through the ranks at Parma and made his first-team debut aged just 17 in 1995.

After six years he became the most expensive keeper in the world when he moved to Juventus for £32million in 2001, a record that stood until Ederson joined Manchester City for £34m two years ago.

Buffon has won 16 major trophies in his club career – although two Serie A crowns were later revoked – and was part of the World Cup-winning side in 2006 before going on to earn a whopping 176 international caps.

And he even has experience of winning promotion, helping Juventus win Serie B in 2007 following their enforced relegation.

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After 17 years at the Old Lady, Buffon switched Turin for Paris last summer and played a key role – alongside Alphonse Areola – in PSG winning their sixth Ligue 1 title in seven years.

But he was at fault as Manchester United pulled off a remarkable comeback to dump the French side out of the Champions Leauge as Romelu Lukaku pounced on his error.

Despite having an option to extend his one-year deal by another 12 months, Buffon decided to end his time at the Parc des Princes.

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