The Los Angeles Galaxy are looking to replace one of America’s best ever with one of Italy’s greats.
Reports suggest the club is looking to sign Italian legend Andrea Pirlo to replace Landon Donovan when he retires after this season.
Pirlo, 35, is widely considered one of the best midfielders of this generation. Known for his precision passing and incredible vision, Pirlo was the playmaker for the Italian side that captured the World Cup in 2006. The midfielder has made over 100 appearances for the Italian national side, while winning two Champions League titles and five Serie A titles with AC Milan and Juventus.
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Reaching the tail-end of his career, Pirlo could follow in the steps of Frank Lampard and Kaka to become another high-profile footballer to retire to the MLS.
However, reports state that the Galaxy are interested in signing Pirlo during the January transfer window. With Juventus likely to be in the hunt for their fourth straight Serie A title, it would be hard to pry Pirlo away from top-flight European football.
The playmaker’s importance was evident this summer as Italy was bounced early from the World Cup. As the opposition continued to hound Pirlo in the midfield, Italy struggled to create chances offensively. Once Italy’s work-engine was shut down, the team failed to score in either of their last two matches.
Pirlo is under contract with Juventus until the end of the 2016 season.