Gianluigi Buffon looks likely to take his professional goalkeeping career into his mid-40s, with reports suggesting he is close to rejoining Parma.
The 43-year-old Italy legend confirmed last month that he is leaving Juventus, where he has spent the last two years in a second spell at the club following a season at Paris Saint-Germain.
But rather than retiring, it now seems Buffon will return to Parma, where he spent his youth career before making his professional debut 26 years ago.
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According to Sky Sports in Italy and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the goalkeeper will sign a two-year contract, which would take his career up to the age of 45.
Buffon would be joining a club which is playing in the second tier, after Parma were relegated from Serie A. He played for Parma between 1995 and 2001, before departing for a 17-year spell at Juve.
But since then, much like Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, they have been found bankrupt and re-formed as a new company - working their back up the divisions to the top level of Italian football.
Buffon will compete with first-choice goalkeeper Luigi Sepe for the number one spot as they look to return to the top flight at the first attempt.
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