GIANLUIGI BUFFON is in talks to join Parma, according to reports in Italy.
The 41-year-old is s free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain after just a year in France.
Buffon is reportedly yet to make a decision about his future and could even hang up his gloves after a glittering 24-year career.
La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy claim an emotional return to Parma, where it all started is on the cards.
Keeper Luigi Sepe was in between the sticks for Parma on loan from Napoli and they are keen to keep him at the Stadio Ennio Tardini next term.
And if Sepe returns to his parent club next season, the Crusaders want to offer a final swan song.
Buffon came through the ranks at Parma and made his first-team debut aged just 17 in 1995.
After six years he became the most expensive goal keeper in the world when he moved to Juventus for £32million in 2001, a record that stood until Ederson joined Manchester City for £34m two years ago.
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A lot has changed at Parma since the former Italian international on left 18 years ago.
The club went bankrupt four years ago and were forced to start life back in Serie D.
Parma won promotion back to the Italian top flight last summer and finished 3 points above the drop zone.