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?


Inter Milan ‘desperate’ to bring in Andrea Pirlo on loan from NYCFC

Inter Milan are looking to bring Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo back to Serie A just six months after leaving to join New York City FC in MLS, according to reports out of Italy.

Sport Mediaset claim Inter boss Roberto Mancini is desperate to bring Pirlo in on loan from January through to the start of the new MLS season in March.

Pirlo, who joined Inter as a 19-year-old in 1998, has said he is not looking for a loan move to fill his time during the MLS offseason as he would rather focus on his NYCFC commitments ahead of his first full season.

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“No, I do not think I will go to Europe, it would not be fair to my team,” he recently told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“All I’m thinking about is training this offseason for the 2016 campaign at New York.”

Inter Milan would not be the first Serie A side to look to MLS as a way of strengthening during the winter. Fierce rivals AC Milan twice loaned David Beckham from LA Galaxy in 2008 and 2009.

Pirlo joined New York City in July and went on to make 13 MLS appearances towards the end of the regular season. He will be disappointed not to have scored a goal but will look to improve in 2016 as the expansion franchise look to bounce back after not making the playoffs at the first attempt.

Should Andrea Pirlo consider a loan move to Inter Milan? How important will he be to NYCFC next season?

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?

Sydney FC looking to HIJACK NYCFC’s move for Andrea Pirlo with huge offer

Andrea Pirlo is a man in demand. Saturday’s Champions League final loss with Juventus was more than likely his final game for the Italian giants and he is looking set for a new challenge outside of Europe.

Last week reports emerged that New York City FC had offered him a deal and that the player had indeed agreed to join, though with nothing concrete reported by either club yet, other teams are circling.

One of those is Australian side Sydney FC. The A-League outfit are keen to bring Pirlo in and will offer the midfield legend a huge $4 million-a-year deal for two seasons Down Under, according to The Australian.

Representatives from Australia reportedly flew to Milan on Sunday to try and discuss terms over a possible contract but it’s not yet clear whether Pirlo would want to play in the region.

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While it may look a bit farfetched, it was Sydney FC who managed to lure Alessandro Del Piero to the club back in 2012 despite interest from Liverpool, as he became the highest paid player to ever play in Australia.

They would likely offer the same sort of terms to Pirlo if he is keen on a move, though New York City FC will still be confident as it’s more than likely they can match, if not beat the $8 million offer over two seasons being reported.

Frank Lampard will join up with the MLS Expansion Franchise next month and Pirlo could link up with the Premier League legend, as well as David Villa in New York.

Where should Andrea Pirlo move this summer – MLS or the A-League?

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Arsenal to hijack £21m United target, Pirlo-NYCFC update

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MLS Rumours

Andrea Pirlo has not yet decided on his future, despite reports indicating he has agreed to join New York City FC this summer, reports La Gazzetta Dello Sport. (REPORT)

While US international defender Oguchi Onyewu has not yet sealed a move to NYCFC as an injury is delaying any signing of a contract with the MLS Expansion Franchise. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Arsenal look set to hijack Manchester United’s move for Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca and will make a £21 million move to sign the Colombian this summer. Spurs have also been linked. (REPORT)

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen on signing AS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao despite his unsuccessful stint at Manchester United and will sell Juan Cuadrado to fund the move. (REPORT)

Tottenham will battle with Southampton for the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva. He is valued at around £9 million. (REPORT)

Done Deals

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner this summer when his contract expires at the end of the month, subject to a medical. (REPORT)

Watford FC have confirmed the signing of Lithuanian international goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis from Steaua Bucharest. (REPORT)

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?

Portland Timbers boss confirms club are interested in Drogba and Pirlo

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has confirmed that his MLS club are interested in Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Juventus midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo.

Both Drogba and Pirlo have been linked with moves to MLS this week and the Timbers boss has done little to quell the rumours suggesting that we could see two superstars heading to the USA.

“We’ll go after anybody like that. We’d love to have guys like that, but it comes down to the feasibility of it and looking at the situation as well,” said Porter.

“We’re aware of all these guys that come over and sometimes we want them and they don’t want to come to us. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense for whatever reason based on the situation, but yeah, we’re looking at all those guys.”

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Portland’s owner Merritt Paulson admitted back in January that he would like to have Drogba at the Timbers and although the Chelsea striker is ageing, Paulson believed the Ivorian would be “uniquely skilled to clean up in MLS.”

At the time Paulson said, “the league almost signed him a couple years ago and I know my coach would love him to be a Timber, but I highly doubt it at this point.”

However, it looks as though the likelihood of Drogba plying his trade in MLS with the Timbers has increased this week after the 37-year-old confirmed he is leaving Chelsea and is interested in playing in the USA.

Would Didier Drogba be an ideal signing for the Portland Timbers?

Juventus star to reject Liverpool to seal MLS switch – report

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo could reject a move to the Premier League with Liverpool this summer as he prefers the idea of a move to Major League Soccer, according to Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.

Pirlo has just won his fourth straight Serie A title with Juventus and is preparing for a Champions League final against Barcelona in two weeks time, but his future beyond that is still unclear.

The 36-year-old Italian icon still has one year left on his current Juve deal, but reports suggest he will move on this summer if Juve lift the Champions League, with Liverpool already expressing an interest.

The Reds have reportedly lined up Pirlo as a possible replacement to outgoing legend Steven Gerrard, who is heading to MLS with LA Galaxy in July, but Pirlo could be following the former England international stateside in the coming months too.

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Di Marzio has reported that Pirlo has already received an offer to play in Qatar but the former World Cup winner prefers the idea of a move to New York with expansion franchise New York City FC, with Sky Italy reporting the player has even received an offer.

A move to NYCFC would see Pirlo link up with incoming Englishman Frank Lampard as well as Spanish forward David Villa in what would be an extremely talented trio of Designated Players for the expansion franchise.

New York City have endured a tough start to life in MLS with just one win so far but head coach Jason Kreis will be looking forward to the arrival of Lampard in July, as well as another possible DP signing.

Pirlo could be that signing, though Chelsea star Didier Drogba is also being linked with a move to NYCFC as the big names continue to be linked with a move to MLS.

Would Andrea Pirlo be a good signing for New York City FC?