The Italian giants are planning for the future in the knowledge that their 36-year-old skipper and holder of 139 caps can’t go on forever.

Krul is the player they have earmarked as Buffon’s eventual successor and are poised to make a £10million bid in the summer for the Dutch international.

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is also interested in the 26-year-old who is currently sidelined with a knee injury.