Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon ‘could replace Iker Casillas at Porto’ after leaving PSG if former Real Madrid No 1 retires following heart attack
- Gianluigi Buffon has been linked with an emotional return to Parma this summer
- The Italian is a free agent after being let go by Paris Saint-Germain last week
- Porto are said to be interested in bringing in Buffon to replace Iker Casillas
- Former Spain star is expected to retire after having a heart attack last month
One legendary goalkeeper could replace another at Porto this summer if Iker Casillas is forced to retire after suffering a heart attack in May.
According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Gianluigi Buffon has been lined up for the No 1 spot by the Portuguese giants should Casillas hang up his gloves.
Gianluigi Buffon (above) could replace Iker Casillas at Porto, according to Tuttosport
Casillas, speaking after his release from hospital in May, is yet to decide if he will retire
Despite now being 41, the former Italy keeper is said to have received a number of offers as he weighs up his next move.
Porto are among the clubs interested as they await news on Casillas, who was hospitalised on May 1 after collapsing during a training session.
The former Real Madrid star had been expected to retire after suffering a heart attack, but he has since played down talk that he would call time on his career.
Buffon was let go by PSG last week after making 25 appearances in his first and only season
Casillas, pictured in action in April, helped Porto reach the Champions League quarter-finals
Casillas’ decision will largely be dictated by the medical advice he receives, with his club determined to ensure he puts his health first.
Buffon has been linked with an emotional return to his first club, Parma, but a fresh start in Portugal may also be an attractive option.
After Casillas suffered a heart attack, Buffon posted a picture of himself with the 38-year-old to Twitter with the caption ‘Vamos @ikercasillas’, which translates as ‘come on!’.
Buffon posted a photo of himself with Casillas and the message ‘come on’ after his heart attack