Transfer Rumours: Ceballos to Arsenal or Spurs, Pereira to Juventus, Fernandes to Man Utd & More

Another day, another deluge of amazingly moreish transfer rumours. It really is something, isn’t it, this period of unstoppable speculation, of untethered hope.

Could your team land an 18-year-old starlet from Brazil who’s played one professional game but is clearly the second coming of Socrates? Of course!

Hell, you might even find out they have right here. So go on, get reading.


Real Madrid Look to Loan Out Ceballos as Spurs & Arsenal Circle

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Real Madrid will not sell Dani Ceballos this summer because, contrary to their treatment of him since that €16.5m move from Real Betis in 2017, they do actually rate him as a player, apparently. 

But keep him on the books next season? Nah. According to COPE, Los Blancos would more than happily loan the midfielder out for the 2019/20 season, with north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal set to fight out it for the Spanish Under-21 international. 


Southampton Eye £15m-Rated David Okereke as Che Adams Alternative

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As frustrations continue to boil over the failed pursuit of Birmingham’s Che Adams, Southampton’s number one target this window, the club have set their eyes on Spezia striker David Okereke as a potential alternative.

As per the Sun, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are tracking the ‘Spezial talent’ (their words, not ours) with the view to a £15m move. Okereke, who was recently called up to the Nigerian senior side, but failed to make the cut for this summer’s AFCON, is also being chased by Wolves, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Inter – why always them? – but as it stands the Saints are in pole position. 


Man City Seeking to Hijack Watford’s Move for Brazilian Starlet Joao Pedro

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Remember what I said in the intro?!?!? Well, Watford have already agreed a deal for this particular Brazilian wonderkid, but if you think that’s stopped the monolithic men from Manchester City attempt to commandeer the transfer, you’d be sadly mistaken.

That’s right, since last October, the Hornets have had a £2m deal in place for Pedro to join them at Vicarage Road in January 2020 – when he turns 18 –  but since then the teenager has risen another level, and the new Fluminense president feels like they can get a bit more buck for their bang. 

As per the Daily Star, it is understood there is a clause which allows other clubs to hijack the deal by handing Watford £17.6m in compensation, a fee the Citizens are all-too-willing to dole out. The thing is, it’s been Pedro’s dream since a wee boy to join Watford – well, at least since Richarlison showed it was a great place to earn a £50m move to somewhere higher up the food chain – and he’d prefer to play first-team football than get embroiled in the City loan programme. 

Much ado about nothing then, basically. 


Bruno Fernandes Prefers Man Utd to Spurs Because…They’re Worse?

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Finally, a genuine star that Manchester United are chasing who actually wants to sign for them! Yes, according to Portuguese publication A Bola, as relayed by the Sun, United have come out ahead of Tottenham in the race for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, after the player described the Red Devils as “sportingly more attractive” thanks to their lack of midfield options. 

Which, if I’m not mistaken, is also know as a neg. But hey, at least he actually wants to come!!! With this great, great news, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has apparently asked Ed Woodward to ‘speed up’ the process in order to land the wonderfully effusive man. 

As for Spurs, they’ll likely have to settle for Tanguy Ndombele, who prefers his clubs jam-packed with positional competitors, the freak. 


Real Madrid Offer Valencia Lucas Vazquez & Sergio Reguilon on Loan

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Eager to clear the decks for yet more arrivals, Real Madrid have offered Valencia both Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Reguilon on loan, as per Spanish journalist Gerard Romero.

Which seems enticing, until you consider the high wages that they garner – particularly Vazquez, who has been a starter at the Bernabeu for some time – and the apparent minute requirements that would be placed in their contracts. 

Which, along with the fact that it’s not completely clear whether they need either, is what Valencia have been considering, making any such move unlikely. You’ve gotta love it. 


Rangers Launch Third Bid for Martin Skrtel as Talks Begin

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It does not get better than this, and I challenge you to find any evidence that supports otherwise. That’s right, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers finally look set to land long-term target Martin Skrtel, after the Slovakian’s £60k-a-week contract ran down at Fenerbahce. 

Gerrard has tried both last summer and this January to sign his Slovakian pal, but both times price tag and salary demands proved too costly. But now, with the defender in no position to make such outlandish requests, a deal could finally be brokered. 

According to the Daily Record, Skrtel is set for talks in Scotland this week, with a source claiming: “There have been some new conversations and we will see in the next few days if this deal can happen.” Better get the clipper out again, Martin. You’re off to Glasgow. 


Spurs Retain Interest in Sessegnon Bros & Max Aarons

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Despite the imminent £11.5m arrival of Leeds United winger Jack Clarke, Tottenham still retain interest in both Sessegnon brothers, as well as 19-year-old Norwich full back Max Aarons. 

According to the Guardian, Ryan Sessegnon would cost the Lilywhites around £25m, and is the principal target of the three, with Steven and Aarons competing for the right back spot. Both those moves would depend on the sale of Kieran Trippier, though, with both Napoli and Juventus, quite unbelievably, batting their eyelashes at the England international. 


Juventus Closing in on Leicester POTY Ricardo Pereira

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It’s not just Harry Maguire who could be swapping Leicester for the big time this summer – Player of the Year full-back Ricardo Pereira could be doing exactly the same. 

According to the Sun, Juventus have set their eyes on Pereira as the perfect replacement for Joao Cancelo at the back, should Pep Guardiola poach him for Man City, and the player is highly keen on the move, seeing it as the perfect way to cement his place in the Portugal side for Euro 2020.

This is mainly because he would be playing alongside the country’s best player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Clever, eh?


Leeds Set to Re-Loan Jack Harrison from Man City

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Leeds have entered into talks with Manchester City over once again loaning midfielder Jack Harrison for the 2019/20 season.

According to BBC Sport, Marcelo Bielsa and co. are hoping to complete a deal before the team’s upcoming pre-season tour of Australia, which begins with a clash against Manchester United on July 17th, providing the perfect incentive for the Citizens to comply. 


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Adrien Rabiot Asks Juventus for ‘Cooling Off Period’ Amid Reports of PSG Contract U-Turn

Adrien Rabiot’s proposed transfer to Juventus appears to be on rocky ground, with PSG poised to open talks with the midfielder over for a new contract.

The 24-year-old has been frozen out in the French capital after refusing to sign a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions – failing to register an appearance for Thomas Tuchel’s side since December.

He’s been linked with a multitude of clubs in that time, most notably Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus – and it had seemed likely that he was destined to join Maurizio Sarri’s side in Serie A, with a €7m per-season contract offer on the table – alongside a €10m signing-on fee for his agent, and mother.

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However, in the latest twist to this ongoing transfer saga, it appears PSG have extended an olive branch to Rabiot and his representatives – with Le10 Sport claiming that Leonardo’s return to Paris as sporting director has seen talks initiated over a new deal.

That comes after previous incumbent Antero Henrique slated Rabiot’s attitude off the pitch, in just one of a number of controversies that have dogged the Frenchman over the past six months or so.

Notably, he was criticised after PSG’s shock Champions League defeat at the hands of ​Manchester United in March, having been pictured in a nightclub in the aftermath of their 3-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes.

Despite the negative press, PSG boss Tuchel has reiterated his desire to keep Rabiot on a number of occasions, as he sees himself as a versatile and valuable asset to the squad.

Juventus will still be confident of concluding a deal given their considerable pulling power – and may not be too perturbed by Rabiot asking for more time to make a decision as they instead focus their efforts on concluding a deal for Matthijs de Ligt, who is ​expected to join from Ajax on a five-year deal.

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Frank Lampard’s ‘Ghost Goal’ Against Germany & the 8 Infamous Goals That Never Were

​I am ever so sorry to remind you of this, but exactly nine years ago today Frank Lampard scored his ‘ghost goal’ against Germany in the 2010 World Cup last-16.

Unless, of course, you’re German…or from anywhere other than England. In which case, this may have brought you unbridled joy. 

For those wearing the flag of St. George, however, this is a rather painful memory.

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Fortunately, the misery can be shared! England were not the first football team to suffer a moment such as this and they certainly haven’t been the last. Yes, refereeing howlers litter the history of our sport and no one is safe.

Here’s a look at eight other goals that never were.


Clive Allen vs. Coventry City (1980)


Clive Allen was the unlucky individual in this throwback, scoring the one of the finest ‘ghost goals’ that English football has ever witnessed.

Towering over a free-kick against Coventry City, the ​Crystal Palace forward looked in the mood for something spectacular and, well, it was no doubt quite the spectacle.

Allen unleashed a swerving bullet that rattled into the top corner of the Coventry goal, clattering off the stanchion and bobbling back out. He knew it was in from when the ball left his right boot, but the referee didn’t, even after it had flown into the net.


Dorinel Munteanu vs. Bulgaria (1996)​

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Romania’s 1-0 defeat to Bulgaria in the group stages of Euro 1996 saw the former become the first country eliminated from the tournament, though they still have gripe about it.

They’re justified in their grumbling, too. Trailing to a mesmerising Hristo Stoichkov goal in the opening stages, the Romanian thought they had drawn level when Gheorghe Hagi rolled the ball to Dorinel Munteanu, who rifled a long-range effort onto the bottom of the crossbar.

It bounced down and, ever so briefly, in. However, once again the officials were unsighted, missing the score and allowing play to continue.


Pedro Mendes vs. Manchester United (2005)


​Tottenham Hotspur and ​Manchester United were tied in deadlock as the clock ticked into the final minute of their ​Premier League encounter in 2005. Cue a 55-yard monster from Pedro Mendes.

The Portuguese’s cannon soared high into the sky, travelled half the length of the pitch and came hurtling down on top of Red Devils ‘keeper Roy Carroll.

Standing inside his own six-yard box, the shot-stopper lost his bottle at the vital moment, juggling the ball before accidentally spilling it over his own goal line. It crossed the line comfortably, yet the whistle was nowhere to be heard.


Freddie Sears vs. Bristol City (2009)


Palace have been hard done by when it comes to goal line decisions. They suffered a repeat of the Allen incident 29 years later, coach Neil Warnock justifiably peeved to see a cute Freddie Sears finish missed by the officials.

The winger latched onto a hopeful pump forward from deep, striking a low volley under the opposition goalkeeper that instantly rebounded off supporting at the base of the goal and back into the area. 

The Eagles went on to lose and you can probably make a reasonable stab at what Warnock said to the fourth official…


Clint Hill vs. Bolton Wanderers (2012)

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In their relegation six-pointer back in 2012, ​Bolton Wanderers and ​Queens Park Rangers both knew the winner of the late-season clash would give themselves a huge boost in the fight for survival.

With the game level, QPR defender Clint Hill got on the end of a tantalising delivery, powering a header into the goal, only for Trotters ‘keeper Adam Bogdan to palm it out to safety.

It’s hard to say if this one is more or less controversial than the others. It was one of the most obvious errors, yet the corner from which it came was also mistakenly given – Bolton should have had a goal-kick, so it evened itself out?

Either way, the result proved inconsequential – though it did cause the FA to call for new technology in the sport – the Wanderers 2-1 victory failing to save them from demotion to the ​Championship.


Sulley Muntari vs. Juventus (2012)

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Leading Juventus by a single score, then-champions of Italy Milan appeared to take an enormous step towards defending their title by doubling their advantage.

Sulley Muntari bundled an ugly effort in, though it was swiftly clawed away by Gianluigi Buffon, the Bianconeri going on to draw the match 1-1 and lift their first Scudetto since 2006


Marko Devic vs. England (2012)​

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Sweet, sweet revenge came for England two years after Lampard’s sterling strike in Bloemfontein as Ukraine were wrongly denied a leveller against Roy Hodgson’s men at their own European Championships.

Does it count as revenge if it doesn’t happen versus the Germans? We’ll take it, I guess. Skipper John Terry was the hero/villain of the night, depending upon your allegiances.

The ​Chelsea legend scurried back in time to hoof away a deflected Marko Devic attempt, the ball clipping Joe Hart and looping upwards to allow Terry the opportunity to (sort of) clear.

The score was 1-0 when the incident took place and it stayed that way until the final whistle, sealing England’s progression at the expense of their hosts.


Lionel Messi vs. Valencia (2017)


Early on in their 2017 ​La Liga meeting, Valencia and ​Barcelona witnessed a shocking decision from the referee, with Lionel Messi’s effort wrongly ruled out.

The Argentine hit a masterful, first-time drive towards Neto, who allowed the ball to slip through his grasp and trickle behind the line. Every Blaugrana player complained, but it was to no avail.

It would take a late Jordi Alba strike to snatch a draw for the Catalans, though they still went on to win the Spanish title that year.


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Transfer Rumours: Cancelo in City Talks, Man Utd Eye Ben Yedder, West Ham Bid for Rondon & More

Manchester better strap themselves in for this one, as both City and United feature heavily in today’s edition of #dagoss.

We’ve coughed up a few of the hottest stories from around the continent to whet your appetites ​at least until, well, 24 hours later.

Put the kettle on, get comfy and enjoy the day’s transfer rumours, courtesy of none other than yours truly.


Manchester City & Juventus in London for Talks Over Joao Cancelo

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Since neither Manchester nor Turin were deemed respectable places to discuss the future of Joao Cancelo, representatives from both sides have instead sought to thrash out a deal in the English capital.

Pep Guardiola has made the right back slot his number one priority this season, and a £44m move is now being discussed the bring the Portuguese to the Etihad. ​​Tutto Mercato Web claim ​Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici flew to London to meet with ​City, where a five-year-deal is being spoken about, presumably at a rather fancy restaurant.

A deal appears to be edging ever closer, and could well mean Danilo will finally seal a move away from the club, after having had one foot in Milan for what feels like an age now.


Manchester United Set Sights on Ben Yedder as Romelu Lukaku Nears Exit

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Yes, ​United are in fact not first on the list today! However, don’t fret Red Devils fans, they’ll feature again before the end.

With Lukaku moving closer to the United exit door by the day, one of the few certainties in the club’s transfer plans is that they would need to sign an adequate replacement. Well, they might have found their man, if the ​Mirror are to be believed, as the club consider a swoop for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder. 

That said, in order for any move to take place (which France Football, via ​ABCdeSevilla, claim would need to be £36m), Lukaku and his team need to shift themselves into gear and get going, or else its all square at Old Trafford.


Bruno Fernandes’ Agent Flies to England to Meet Premier League Duo

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Portuguese publications have (yet again) issued a further development on the future of Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes. This time, O Jogo, relayed by ​Sport Witness, are claiming that the Fernandes’ agent Miguel Pinho is going to fly to England to hold talks with United and ​Tottenham, with ‘important developments’ to take place.

It’s a story that’s been rumbling on for some time now, with hopefully some clarification on any proposed deal to come to light in the coming days. That said, the publication does state that no bids have been lodged for the midfielder. 

As is, the 24-year-old is still due to link up with his teammates on 4 July. I think we’d all be happy if this one just moved on and come to some sort of solution, regardless of what unfolds.


West Brom Reject Hammers’ Cash-Plus-Players Bid for Rondon

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Oh ​Newcastle, poor, poor Newcastle. 

The club are at one of their lowest points in recent years, and their top scorer of last season has more chance of re-joining them than Mike Ashley has of shifting 20kg by next week.

Such is the club’s situation that ​West Ham have sought to capitalise and sign the Salomon Rondon from under their noses. The ​Mirror speculate that the £10m bid included fringe players Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill but was knocked back by the Baggies – with the midlands outfit holding on for nearer £16.5m.

Manuel Pellegrini is keen to be reunited with the striker, whom he managed at Malaga, and would act as a direct replacement for the departing Andy Carroll. Currently away for the Copa America, Rondon looks like hot property in what is set to be another bonkers summer of ​Premier League spending.


Manchester City ‘Ahead’ of Napoli in Race for Everton

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No, not that Everton. The one who is tearing it up in Brazil for both his club side Gremio and the national squad at the Copa America.

Rumours linking the forward to City had come almost exclusively from Brazil, but now the Italian press have had their say with Radio Mars (via ​Calcio Napoli 24) claiming that Everton has been offered to ​Napoli for €35m. It is a move the Serie A side are supposedly weighing up.

However, the report goes on to suggest that the Citizens are still ‘ahead’ of Carlo Ancelotti’s side despite, as aforementioned, the only rumours coming out of his native country. An exciting prospect no doubt, but a Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez replacement? Hmm, not too sure.


Torino hold Armando Izzo Talks to Fend Off Arsenal & Everton

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Yes, this time it is that ​Everton.

​Gianluca Di Marzio is stating that both ​Arsenal and the Toffees are ‘ready to present’ a £25m bid for Italian central defender Izzo, prompting the club to hold talks with the players’ agent Urbano Cairo about his future.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a fine debut season for the Turin outfit, scoring four goals in 37 league appearances and earning his first international call-up this year.

But, regardless of Premier League interest, Cairo has made it clear his client is not for sale. Therefore, talks with Torino’s president looks likely to only be based extending his contract. Which, well, puts an end to that before Arsenal and Everton fans go on YouTube for his highlights reel and start waxing lyrical.


Martin Odergaard Weighing Up Loan Options Ahead of New Season

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That’s right, he still exists, and he’s still on ​Real Madrid’s books.

Nevertheless, they still want to ship him off for the coming season with Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad the two interested parties. It seemed as though a move to the Bundesliga was set to happen, but the Spanish side’s proposition has attracted the Norwegian’s attentions, claim the ​Daily Mail.

Los Blancos would favour a move to Leverkusen, who are in the ​Champions League, while the 20-year-old is supposedly caught in two minds.

Let’s be fair, though, he ain’t going back to Madrid, so only the truly foolish would turn down Champions League football over Spanish mid-table mediocrity. But hey, it is warmer over there.


Number of Clubs Eyeing Fernando Llorente

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Despite now being 34-years-old, that hasn’t stopped a number of clubs across Europe holding an interest in the Spurs striker, who looks increasingly likely to leave north London this summer.

Great news for him, however, is that both Milan clubs, Roma, Galatasaray and Athletic Bilbao are keeping tabs on the Spaniard according to ​A Bola.

Clearly his contribution during Spurs’ Champions League campaign did the trick, and few Tottenham fans would wish anything but good luck to the forward, despite finding the back of the net only 13 times in 65 outings.


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Gianluigi Buffon: The Old Man & the UEFA Champions League

I keep them with precision. Only I have no luck any more. But who knows? Maybe today. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready. 


He is an old man that played in goal for some of the biggest football teams in Europe since the age of 17 and he has gone 24 years without winning a UEFA Champions League. In the first six years he’d been a boy. But after six years and an UEFA Cup triumph the boy decided that there was no Champions League crown to be won in Emilia-Romagna, and the boy left to join a club that had won two European Cups in 20 years. 

In the next 17 years, the boy became a man and then an old man. An old man that was now definitely and finally saolo, which is the worst form of unlucky. Three finals led to three defeats, and I Bianconeri’s furled flags in the Allianz Stadium looked like the flags of permanent defeat. 

The year after the old man had shipped off to Paris and suffered in a similar and all too familiar way. 

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The old man was now gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. The brown blotches of heartbreak from defeats to ​AC Milan, ​Real Madrid and ​Barcelona were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had deep-creased scars from dealing with consistent UEFA Champions League defeats. 

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same colour as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated. 

There was still hope in his eyes that the ‘trophy with the big ears’ could be won and the saolo would finally be dissipated. 


“Are you strong enough now for a truly big fish?” 

“I think so. And there are many tricks.” 


He could just drift, he thought, and retire and hang up his boots and gloves after a hugely successful career. But this year marks 24 years without a UEFA Champions League trophy so he opts to try it once again.

He decides to re-sign for Juventus. La Vecchia Signora is where he’d come closest to ending the drought previously and it would be the place at which ending the drought would bring not just relief but joy. 

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This year is the best opportunity he has to win the trophy and he knows that. 

The 2019/20 ​Juventus are the team he has been waiting for. They have Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala and Giorgio Chiellini and could sign a boy, Matthijs de Ligt, to help him carry the weight of expectations. 

Buffon knows he now needs this help. More than ever. 

He is a tired old man. Tired inside. 

There are questions as to whether Buffon can still contribute at the highest level and that, if the opportunity comes to play in another UEFA Champions League final, will his hand cramp and stiffen like rigor mortis and will he see black spots before his eyes and will his back crease and crack as he pulls and yearns for one final triumph.


“Be calm and strong, old man.”


Time is cruel and it is catching up to him. 

The blunder against Manchester United last season attests to this. 

But while he may be stiff and sore now and his wounds and all of the strained parts of his body hurt with the years of ​Champions League heartache, he hopes to fight again. He hopes so much to fight again for Europe’s top crown and sail off into the sunset with the ‘trophy with the big ears’.  

The old man still has hope that he may finally have some luck.

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It’s what he was missing when Pavel Nedved was suspended for the 2003 final and it’s what he was missing when referee did not award Juventus a stonewall penalty in 2015 and it was what he was missing when Casemiro’s long range strike ricocheted off a body and looped miraculously into the bottom right corner of his goal. 

So now, in 2019/20, Buffon will say his ten Our Fathers and ten Hail Marys and make the pilgrimage to the Virgin of Cobre with the hope that divine intervention will prevent the intangibles from going against him and his beloved Juventus. 

He will pray for luck and when luck comes he will hope to be ready. 

Buffon will hope to fight against time and the salao and the wounds and the deep wrinkles in his neck and back and the deep creased scars of defeat and the cramp and the black spots before his eyes. 

The old man will hope to fend off tiredness to finally win the UEFA Champions League. 

Can he do it? 

Who knows?

Maybe this is the year. 

Every year is a new year. 


“Good luck old man.”


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