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Would Juve not be better off selling Buffon?
Juventus need a striker desperately but don’t want to bust their budget and yet have two top goalkeepers.
The answer? Why not sell one of the goalkeepers and use part of the proceeds to recruit a world-class forward?
The only problem is the most obvious and lucrative keeper to offload is Italy number one Gianluigi Buffon, widely recognised as one of the best if not best in the game.
Many Juve fans though would agree with the idea of letting Buffon go and entrusting the keeper jersey to the ever reliable Marco Storari if it meant the likes of Diego Forlan or Luis Fabiano could ease their injury and confidence crisis upfront.
Injury-prone Buffon has only just returned after over six months out with a back problem, during which time Storari has been superb.
The spectre of Buffon leaving Turin looked quite possible at the start of January with the likes of Manchester United linked in the media but he has now committed himself to Juve as the days run down in the transfer window.
Juve though still need that striker and having missed out on lesser lights like Antonio Floro Flores, who chose Genoa over the Old Lady, it’s all looking a bit desperate.
Luca Toni was signed in a rush but then got injured straight away. Winger Simone Pepe and a youth teamer have been forced to play upfront in recent weeks.
The days of Michel Platini feel long gone…