Andrea Pirlo update: NYCFC deal close but unlikely to join until 2016

Andrea Pirlo‘s proposed move to Major League Soccer is still very much alive and a deal to join New York City FC looks to be close after the Italian legend spent time at Yankee Stadium this weekend.

However, the Juventus star is unlikely to be pulling on an NYCFC shirt anytime soon as any deal will likely keep Pirlo in Europe until January 2016, when he will then join up with the MLS Expansion Franchise for preseason training, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

The 36-year-old was in the United States this weekend and spent time at Yankee Stadium watching the New York Yankees play. He was joined by NYCFC chief executive Ferran Soriano, who also represents Premier League side Manchester City, as talks clearly took place regarding a possible transfer.

Reports now suggest his signing will be confirmed within the next week, though it doesn’t look likely he will be joining to help NYCFC during the 2015 campaign.

Frank Lampard is just weeks away from joining his new teammates, while Spanish right-back Iraola will also be strengthening Jason Kreis’s team as we enter July.

Pirlo is believed to want to remain in Europe until the end of the calendar year to ensure he stays part of the Italian national setup ahead of next summer’s European Championships in France.

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He should therefore stay with Juventus for the first half of their 2015/16 Serie A campaign before completing the move stateside.

Though you can’t rule out a short-term loan switch to Manchester City, as another Frank Lampard situation could be on the cards if chief executive Soriano works his magic again for City Football Group.

Meanwhile, fellow Italian Sebastian Giovinco has been speaking about Andrea Pirlo’s possible move to MLS, and revealed he has been in contact with his former Juve teammate.

“I spoke to Andrea and told him what I think: that this is an experience worth having. Of course, then only he can decide his future,” the Toronto star told Sky Sport Italia.

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“I had two and a half wonderful years at Juventus, I won what I needed to win and did what was asked of me. I am happy to be here in Toronto and have no regrets.”

So it looks as if we will be seeing Pirlo play in MLS, though not until the 2016 season, as NYCFC fans look set to have to wait for the arrival of their third Designated Player.

Should Andrea Pirlo move to NYCFC immediately? Or would waiting until 2016 make more sense?


NYCFC’s third DP on the way as Italian legend ACCEPTS offer – report

New York City FC‘s search for a third and final Designated Player looks to be over as Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo has accepted an offer, according to Spanish news outlet AS.

The report claims that NYCFC turned to Pirlo soon after learning Barcelona’s Xavi wanted to play in Qatar rather than in the United States, and a deal now looks to have been agreed.

“Andrea Pirlo will play his last game for Juventus on Saturday,” the report claims.

It goes on to suggest that although it was speculated he would only leave if he wins the Champions League in Berlin, he has now made it pretty clear he is going by accepting a proposal made by New York City, with Ferran Soriano playing a key role.

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Soriano is the CEO of NYCFC as well as Manchester City and Melbourne City FC, and he clearly feels Pirlo is the man to take the MLS Expansion Franchise up another level.

Head coach Jason Kreis has struggled to get his team winning matches so far, with just the one victory through their first 13 games, as they sit bottom of the Supporters’ Shield standings on eight points.

Frank Lampard will join up with his new team in July and could be followed in by Pirlo, and the two veterans could enjoy quite the partnership in the middle of the park.

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David Villa is already with the team and he will be relishing the prospect of receiving service from Lampard and Pirlo – two of the game’s greatest playmakers to have played.

Liverpool were also linked with a move for Pirlo as a possible replacement for LA Galaxy-bound Steven Gerrard but the lure of New York City looks to have been enough for Pirlo.

We now await official confirmation from the club, but it looks as if NYCFC have added a second World Cup winner to their roster in Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.

Will Andrea Pirlo be a good signing for New York City FC? Is he what they need?