Juventus reportedly want Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak to replace Gianluigi Buffon when the legendary goalkeeper retires next summer.
Juve and Italy fans are bracing themselves for the end of an era when Buffon hangs up his gloves after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
And TuttoSport via TMW claims that Oblak is the number one choice to fill in at the Allianz Stadium.
The Slovakia international is apparently refusing to sign a new Atletico contract following the interest from Juventus.
And the Serie A champs have already made contact with Oblak’s representatives as they look to set wheels in motion.
However, the shot-stopper has an eye-watering £89million release clause in his current deal.
And Juve may have to break the bank if they want to secure Oblak’s signature, with 24-year-old regarded as one of the finest keepers in Europe.
But Oblak will have some way to go to replicate Buffon’s phenomenal record if he does indeed make the move to Turin.
Buffon has been at Juventus since 2001 and has clocked up an incredible 627 appearances.
He’s won ten Serie A titles, three Coppa Italias and five Supercoppa Italias in the process, as well as the Serie B title in 2007.
Buffon was also instrumental in Italy’s 2006 World Cup win, and is sure to replaced in the national team by AC Milan youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma.