Juve dismiss Buffon to United rumours
Juventus have dismissed rumours goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon could join Manchester United. Both the Red Devils and Manchester City, as well as Bayern Munich, have been linked with the Italy international this year.
Reports claimed United were considering making an €18m offer to sign Buffon in the January transfer window as they seek a replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who turns 40 later this month.
However, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has insisted the 32-year-old is going nowhere.
"I deny any negotiation with United, Buffon is a Juventus player," Marotta told the Tuttosport newspaper.
Buffon, who is under contract at Juve until June 2013, has been first choice for both club and country since moving to Turin in 2001, but has struggled with injuries in recent seasons. He is currently out until the new year with a back problem.
Buffon's agent Silvano Martina also laughed off reports of Buffon's possible move to Old Trafford. "These transfer rumours make no sense," he said.
"Buffon has been sidelined for three months, so who would want an injured player? Moreover, it seems to me that the best player at United so far has been Van der Sar."