Could a second World Cup winning star join New York City FC?

After signing David Villa from Spanish club Atletico Madrid, it would seem New York City FC would like him to be joined by another former World Cup winning striker in Alberto Gilardino.

The Italian won the World Cup in 2006 and has been linked with a move away from Serie A club Genoa. Although he still has two years left on his current contract which he signed in January 2012 in a move from rivals Fiorentina, and he could command a fee of £3 million to join the New York based side.

Gilardino was also part of the AC Milan team that won the Champions League in 2006-2007, in which he scored a memorable goal against Manchester United to send the Rossoneri to the final.

He was first linked with MLS in late 2013 with Toronto FC and his agent confirmed there were talks before the Canadian club opted for Jermaine Defoe from Tottenham Hotspur.

With fifty-seven caps for his country and nineteen goals scored, he was bitterly disappointed to miss out on the final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil, and the omission has left him pondering his future.

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Gilardino has also been linked with a move to China with Guangzhou Evergrande where friend Alessandro Diamanti plays after he joined in February this year and their coach is World Cup winning manager Marcello Lippi.

If Gilardino were to move to MLS he would be the first Italian to join New York City FC, but the seventh Italian to make the move across the pond. Notable players include Alessandro Nesta and Marco Di Vaio, both who played for Montreal Impact, with the later still on the books at the Impact.

Could Gilardino join David Villa by making the move to New York City and add to an already deadly looking strike force?

About Zack Walford (134 Articles)
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