Cristiano Ronaldo would make me happy if he joins Juventus, says Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon would be happy to see Cristiano Ronaldo sign for the Serie A champions.

The Real Madrid star has been heavily linked to Juve in recent weeks, with a €100 million move touted.

Buffon, himself, won’t though get the opportunity to play with the 33-year-old having signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ronaldo at Juventus,” he told Sky Sport on Monday.

“It would make me happy because it is what the Juventus world needs, to find new idols and adore them.”

Ronaldo scored three goals against Juventus in last season’s Champions League quarter-final, including a terrific bicycle kick.

Mutual respect: Buffon and Ronaldo.

And Buffon believes it was those goals and not CR7 joining the club after his departure that hurt him the most.

“It doesn’t bother me. It bothers me the two goals that he scored against me in the final and the ones that he got last season.”

The Portugal forward is rumoured to be on the verge of quitting Los Blancos after almost a decade at the Bernabeu and the veteran goalkeeper believes Ronaldo could boost the game in Italy.

“It would be the best advertising for Italian football. It is confirmation of how much Juventus, with [chairman] Andrea Agnelli and his family, can adapt to the times and even anticipate them.”

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Marco Asensio headlines our Rumour Mill as Real Madrid striker is set to stay at Bernabeu

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Asensio looks likely to be staying in the Spanish capital.

The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

There is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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MARCO ASENSIO


The Real Madrid star is all set to stay at the Bernabeu next season, according to his agent Horacio Gaggioli.

Both Liverpool and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old in recent times but Los Blancos still believe the versatile attacker has a big future at the club.

Asensio started just half of Real’s La Liga matches last season but is thought to be a key part of new boss Julen Lopetegui’s plans moving forward.

“Marco won’t move, he’ll stay with Real Madrid,” Gaggioli said in an interview with Calciomercato. “He’s improving all the time. Next season I think he’ll be very important in Madrid.”

Asensio was part of Spain’s World Cup squad.

ALASSANE PLEA

The Nice forward could spurn the chance to make a big move to the Premier League and instead switch to the Bundesliga, the Rheinische Post reports.

Tottenham, West Ham, Everton and Newcastle have all been tracking the 25-year-old hitman, who struck 21 goals last term.

However, it now appears German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach have emerged as favourites to clinch his signature.

Plea, who began his career at Lyon, does not want to pass up the opportunity of regular first-team football.

Nice's French forward Alassane Plea (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Nice vs Rennes on april 8, 2018 at the "Allianz Riviera" stadium in Nice, southeastern France. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Goalscorer: Alassane Plea (l).

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Robert Lewandowski headlines our Rumour Mill as update is given over his future

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Robert Lewandowski has long been linked with Real Madrid.

The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

There is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

The Bayern Munich striker is set to stay with the Bundesliga giants, Bild reports.

Real Madrid have long been linked with the 29-year-old hitman, who endured a difficult World Cup campaign with Poland.

It has been reported that Lewandowski was chasing a new challenge and possibly one final major move in his career, but it now appears he will see out his deal with the Bavarians, which runs until 2021.

New Bayern boss Niko Kovac is thought to be keen to keep hold of the experienced striker while Madrid are looking at younger options.

Robert Lewandowski

Will Lewandowski stay at the Allianz Arena?

MALCOM

Tottenham have re-entered the race to sign the in-demand Bordeaux star, Le10Sport reports.

The north London side were close to landing the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder last January and want to try and push through a deal this summer.

Malcom, who has yet to break into the full Brazil side, enjoyed a stellar season in Ligue 1 last term – netting 12 goals in 35 appearances.

He is apparently at the top of Mauricio Pochettino’s summer transfer wishlist.

Malcom.

Malcom could be in line for a switch to the Premier League.

MATEO KOVACIC

Manchester City have made tentative enquiries over the Real Madrid midfielder, The Mirror reports.

The Croatia international is likely to leave the Bernabeu this summer after failing to establish himself at the Whites and has emerged as a target for the Sky Blues, who have reserved him as a back-up should a deal for Napoli’s Jorginho fail to materialize.

Kovacic, 24, has been part of the Blazers’ World Cup semi-final side and could be looking for a fresh challenge at club level having spent three seasons at the Bernabeu.

In recent times, he has also been linked with a return to former side Inter Milan.

Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic

Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic.

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