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Gianluigi Buffon nears Paris Saint-Germain move after Juventus exit

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
Image: Gianluigi Buffon is closing in on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain, according to Sky in Italy.

The 40-year-old Italy legend, who left Juventus after 17 years at the end of the season, is in talks over joining the French Ligue 1 champions.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi recently praised Buffon in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, but insisted Alphonse Areola would remain first choice under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Image: Buffon lifted a domestic treble in his final season at Juventus.

Al-Khelaifi said: "We have Areola, he's our No. 1. For sure (that will be the case next season).

"Buffon is a fantastic goalkeeper, he's very charismatic and is a true gentleman. I'm sure all the clubs want him."

Buffon received a guard of honour as he left the pitch in his last of 656 appearances for the Old Lady, being substituted in the 63rd minute of Saturday's 2-1 win over Hellas Verona.

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There were tears among the fans who gave Buffon a standing ovation following his 17 years with the Serie A champions.

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