It’s understood the Ligue 1 giants are willing to part with €222 million to sign the Brazil international – a deal that would make Neymar the most expensive signing in the game’s history.
Undeniably, the transfer market has evolved at an unbelievable pace since Buffon completed his move from Parma to Juventus in 2001.
However, the World Cup winner believes the whole process of bidding or setting a price for a player has become “very random.”
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport via Goal.com, Buffon said, “Why is Neymar worth €220m and not €600m?
“My grandfather always said: ‘Inflate and inflate, but the balloon will always burst.'”
The 39-year-old, who is entering his 16th season with the Bianconeri, added, “I can’t understand the parameters for evaluating a player anymore.
“It’s all very random and everything is in the hands of the people who have the most money: today it’s 10 but tomorrow it’s 100.”
Is Buffon’s depiction of the transfer market bang on?
Or are the veteran goalkeeper’s opinions nothing but a symbol of what the game used to be like?