World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Parma after 20 years away.
Now 43, Buffon has signed a contract with the club he left for Juventus for a then-world record fee for a keeper of approximately 100 billion lire - or €51 million at the time - in July 2001.
He won 10 Serie A titles with Juve, sticking with the Turin side during their season in the second tier in 2006-07 which came straight after he tasted World Cup glory in Germany with the Azzurri.
A video on Parma's Twitter account heralded the return of a player known as 'Superman' during his six years with the Emilia-Romagna outfit, who were Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup winners with Buffon between the sticks in 1999.
Buffon was later a three-time Champions League runner-up with Juve before leaving for a single campaign with Paris Saint-Germain, where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2019.
Two more years with the Bianconeri followed and he bowed out as a Juve player by winning the Coppa Italia final on his 685th appearance for the club in May, while Inter Milan took the Scudetto.
With 176 appearances for Italy, he is the most capped player in the nation's history, finally calling time on his international career in May 2018.
Under new head coach Enzo Maresca, Parma will contest the Serie B crown next term following their relegation on 20 points at the end of a poor season under new owners the Krause Group, who took control at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in September 2020.
Meanwhile, Fikayo Tomori has completed a permanent move from Chelsea to AC Milan after a successful loan spell in Italy.
The 23-year-old joined the Serie A club in January after struggling for first-team opportunities during the first half of last season.
Milan had the option to buy Tomori for a £25 million fee at the conclusion of his loan and that has been exercised after he played 22 times and helped them qualify for the Champions League during the 2020-21 campaign.
A four-year deal has been agreed at San Siro for the defender, who has made one appearance for England but missed out on the squad for this summer's European Championships.
Tomori progressed through the Chelsea academy and made his debut for the Blues at the end of the 2015-16 season, but spent much of the next few years on loan with spells at Brighton, Hull and Derby.
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It was at the latter where the centre-back linked up with Frank Lampard, who handed the youngster more opportunities in the Premier League once he had taken over at Stamford Bridge.
An England call-up followed and Tomori earned his solitary cap in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo in November, 2019.
Chances proved to be few and far between after the coronavirus pandemic and one of Lampard's final acts as Chelsea manager was to allow the defender - who made 27 appearances for the Blues - to join AC Milan on loan for the second half of last season, which has now been turned into a permanent move.
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