NYCFC’s Andrea Pirlo has ‘agreed to join Manchester City’ in January – report

New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo is looking likely to leave the MLS outfit on a short-term loan deal in order to join parent club Manchester City in January, according to a report out of Italy.

Pirlo, who’s been linked with a loan move back to Serie A since ending the regular season with NYCFC, will instead be heading to the Premier League to join up with Manchester City, according to Sky Italia reporter Fabio Caressa.

The move would certainly anger New York City fans, as well as MLS followers in general, especially after the debacle that involved Frank Lampard and the Premier League side last season.

Pirlo has reiterated that he has no plans to move anywhere on loan and would instead be training to be fully ready for the start of the 2016 MLS season with NYCFC.

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Though that might not be the case as Manchester City look set to demonstrate their power once more by controlling the fate of NYCFC players from across the pond.

The Citizens will want to have the strongest squad possible as they look to win the Premier League title once more. They might see the short-term addition of Pirlo as a key one at the midpoint of the campaign.

Pirlo failed to score a goal in 13 MLS appearances after moving to New York from Juventus in the summer but did register two assists.

Should Manchester City bring in Andrea Pirlo on loan in January? How important is he to NYCFC?


Drogba set to return to Europe on loan despite Chelsea snub – report

Didier Drogba’s sensational exploits in Major League Soccer since joining the Montreal Impact have led to ongoing loan links to Europe during the upcoming offseason.

The 37-year-old Ivorian forward has netted 12 goals in 13 appearances for Montreal since making his debut in late August. He’s already the club’s seventh-highest goalscorer in their short history and is taking the league by storm.

But that’s inevitably attracting interest from across the pond. The Chelsea legend had been linked with a short-term return to the Blues for a third spell in London but Jose Mourinho denied reports that he could be brought in to help turn their season around in January.

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Instead, Serie A side Bologna are being touted as a possible destination for Drogba. The Italian side sit third from bottom after 11 games and are in an early relegation battle.

Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo also part-owns Bologna and could be keen to use Drogba to help save the Italian club from relegation with the injection of some mid-season goals.

Drogba signed an 18-month contract with Montreal in July and will enjoy one full season in MLS next term.

The new campaign will start in March and so a loan move to Italy would mean Drogba misses preseason preparations with the Canadian side.

Would a short-term loan move to Bologna make sense for Didier Drogba?