Juve stand firm over Buffon
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus have stated that it would take é¼80million to sign Gianluigi Buffon.
Juventus have stated that it would take é¼80million (£55million) to prise keeper Gianluigi Buffon away from Turin.
Italy World Cup star Buffon was one of the few big-name players to remain loyal to the Old Lady following their relegation due to the match-fixing scandal.
Buffon has performed with distinction in Serie B and is set to help the club climb back to the top table at the first time of asking.
The keeper has been linked with a move away from the Stadio Delle Alpi, but Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco has insisted that the likes of Internazionale and Milan would have to pay top dollar to snare the keeper.
"I don't do promises about him," Secco told the Italian press. "But I am telling the supporters to be tranquil because Juve will be big next year.
"é¼40million for Buffon? Considering we have no intention of selling, this sort of money would only be capable of securing his joint-ownership."
Juve coach Didier Deschamps also reaffirmed his desire to retain the services of Buffon.
"He's really important for Juve," the French coach said at a press conference. "For me, Buffon has no price.
"He's under contract with Juve and it doesn't seem the right time to talk about it."