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Boca Juniors willing to settle for Caballero if Buffon’s unavailable — report

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Some interesting bit of news emerging from Argentina, where Olé (via UOL) claim that Chelsea backup goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero is one of the names on Boca Juniors’ shortlist ahead of the 2018-19 season (Argentina, unlike Brazil, play a more European-style fall-spring league schedule).

Defending champions Boca (their 32nd title!) lost two of their most important players, striker Darío Benedetto and midfielder Fernando Gago, to injury this season, but despite that, they’ve maintained good form and currently look on course to defend their title. But as we’ve seen several times at Chelsea, the worst thing champions can do is stand still, so Boca are already looking to the summer to improve the team, including adding a bit more experience to the squad at the goalkeeping position, which is currently filled by 22-year-old Agustín Rossi.

The first name in their shortlist is ... Gianluigi Buffon. But they know the Juventus legend would be very difficult to acquire, even if Carlos Tévez can put in a good word.

Moving down the list then, which is where the find Caballero’s name alongside Manchester United’s Sergio Romero and América’s Agustín Marchesin. Given that Caballero could yet be Argentina’s main man between the sticks this summer in Russia, moving back to his home country to take up that same position at the biggest club in the land could prove more attractive than staying another season as backup at Chelsea.

That said, Caballero was a free agent last summer and chose to stay in England and there have been recent strong rumors of an impending one-year contract extension with the Blues as well, so take this rumor from Argentina with a healthy dose of skepticism.