Gianluigi Buffon ‘could replace Iker Casillas at Porto’ after leaving PSG

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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.

Buffon is a free agent after leaving PSG last week. He made 25 appearances in his first and only season in France. 

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.

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!’.  

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