Paris Saint-Germain have revealed that Gianluigi Buffon is leaving the club after a year in France – clearing the way for them to move for David de Gea at Manchester United.
The French champions announced on Wednesday that Buffon’s contract will not be extended when it expires on June 30.
In a statement on the club’s website, Buffon said: ‘Ernest Hemingway wrote that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris.
‘Today onwards, this will also apply to me: Paris, in some way, will always remain my home.
‘Twelve months ago, I arrived at Paris Saint-Germain filled with enthusiasm, welcomed by the incredible warmth of the fans. It was really moving. Thank you, once again, from the bottom of my heart.’
PSG hold an interest in signing De Gea at United and the Spanish stopper is at an impasse in contract talks at Old Trafford.
De Gea has a year remaining on his present contract but discussions have frozen with the Spaniard asking for wages in the region of £350,000 per week.