Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szcesny is on his way to Juventus… and not just as back up to the legendary Italian.
In a pre-match press conference ahead of Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein, the 39 year-old hinted that he might be ready to finally hang up his gloves.
Looking ahead to the future, the Juve keeper mentioned teenage wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma as his replacement for the national team and specifically referenced Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesnsy’ imminent arrival at Juventus.
“This could be the last year and I would like to be a protagonist, as I have always dreamed of being,” Buffon told reporters. “A year in which we see the Buffon that pays attention to detail and is eager to make his mark.
“To do that, I have to be important. I will work for this next year.
“The team goals are a consequence of what you have given and taken throughout the year.
“I’ve always been a rational person and I’ve always looked for the meaning of things. It’s right that Juve want Szczesny and that there is a good player like Donnarumma at the national team,” he said.
“For me, it will be a great motivation twice because, although I am 39-40 years, I have to maintain my place. If I no longer want to play, I’ll stay at home because Donnarumma and Szczesny are good goalkeepers by merit, not because someone gave them something.”
Szczesnsy has been on loan at Roma for the last two seasons, but is still technically an Arsenal player.
He has been linked with a move to Juve for some time, and Buffon’s comments seem to suggest it is all but a done deal.