Benfica 'launch ambitious bid to sign Juventus and Italy hero Buffon'

Portuguese giants Benfica are reportedly set to offer a fresh challenge as he looks to take his illustrious career past his 44th birthday.

Buffon will become a free agent at the end of June when his contract expires, and the legendary goalkeeper is yet to determine his next move.

At 43, retirement is still an option but Buffon claimed he is looking for a ‘stimulating and crazy’ option to continue his career.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, pictured in a charity game on Tuesday night

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, pictured in a charity game on Tuesday night

Buffon is reportedly attracting interest from Benfica, as well as Sevilla and Olympiacos

Buffon is reportedly attracting interest from Benfica, as well as Sevilla and Olympiacos

While another year at Juventus, as well as potential moves to Sevilla and Olympiacos, have been mooted, that Benfica are very keen to swoop for the stopper this summer.

Buffon helped Juve to win the Coppa Italia last week, which looks set to be his final piece of silverware after two separate spells and 19 seasons with the Turin giants.

In his career, he has won almost everything on offer, including 10 Serie A titles, a French league triumph and the World Cup with Italy, although the Champions League continues to evade him after three final defeats.

In Benfica, Buffon would be heading to a four-time champion desperate to climb back to the top of Portuguese football, while also competing in Europe.

A Bola in Portugal claim that Benfica want to bring the legendary Italian keeper to their club

A Bola in Portugal claim that Benfica want to bring the legendary Italian keeper to their club

Jorge Jesus is attempting to take Benfica back to the top, but they finished third this season

Jorge Jesus is attempting to take Benfica back to the top, but they finished third this season

This season, Buffon only played eight times in Serie A and he would seemingly be keen to play more regular football at his next club despite heading towards the age of 44.  

Speaking recently, Buffon said at ‘La Partita del Cuore’, via TMW: ‘I will decide a path where I can find motivation. I’m in no hurry to find a solution immediately.

‘I gave everything and took everything at Juve, I said something thoughtful, but there are moments when we need to take a step back rather than take a risky step forward.

‘It was the right ending. I have good memories from the past years, it’s a context that welcomed me as a boy and made me become a man. I owe a lot of what I did to Juve.’

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