Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering making a move for Gianluigi Buffon as he looks to solve his goalkeeping crisis, according to the Juventus player’s agent.
The Blues’ first choice keeper Petr Cech is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after fracturing his skull at Reading, and Mourinho is believed to be keen to bring in a world class replacement as soon as possible.
World Cup winner Buffon would certainly fit that criteria, and according to the 28-year-old’s representative, Paolo Fabbri, moves could be afoot to broker a deal.
“We are aware [Chelsea owner] Roman Abramovich can offer fortunes,” Fabbri told the Sun.
“What he needs is to convince the player it’s the right move for him. This is not a financial issue, it’s about a chance in life.
“I don’t think he wants to leave Italy, but things can change quickly in football.”
Meanwhile, another agent, Silvano Martina, has moved to play down talk of an imminent move for Buffon.
“Gianluigi’s very happy at Juventus. He had lots of offers in Italy and elsewhere this summer and turned them down,” said Martina.
“But he made a decision to stay in Turin because he wanted to repay the club for helping him become famous and being one of the best in the world.
“We will obviously be honoured if a club like Chelsea was to make an offer for Buffon but I can tell you that he will not leave Turin in January.”
“We will obviously have to see what happens at the end of the season,” admitted Martina.
“We obviously hope that Chelsea don’t need Buffon because it would mean Cech has made a quick recovery.
“Officially there has been no contact so far.
“We are very saddened with what has happened to goalkeeper Cech.
“It’s normal that a great club like Chelsea would show an interest or would be interested in one of the top goalkeepers in the world.
“If Chelsea were to make an offer it would be very difficult for any club to reject it.”
Buffon has four years remaining on his current contract with the Turin-based club, who were relegated to Serie B at the end of last season following a match-fixing scandal.