Report: Italian legend Andrea Pirlo to sign for New York City FC

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Andrea Pirlo ripping it up at Yankee Stadium in the Big Apple?

My word.

Pirlo, 36, will run Juventus’ midfield in the UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona in Berlin this Saturday but rumors are swirling that the Italian international could be on the move to Major League Soccer this summer.

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According to a report in Spanish outlet AS, Pirlo will be on his way to NYC to join Frank Lampard and David Villa as Designated Players.

Pirlo has spent the last five years at Juventus and the World Cup winner has reinvented himself in a deep-lying playmaker role.

New York City FC badly need reinforcements as Jason Kreis’ expansion side are bottom of the Eastern Conference with just eight points and one win from their opening 13 games as a franchise. They club owned by the City Football Group and the New York Yankees have to do something drastic to turn their debut season around.

In the past Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona has been linked with a move to NYCFC but has instead opted to head to Qatar but Pirlo is of a similar ilk. Kreis’ diamond in midfield could centrally use a dictator at the base and Pirlo’s word-class quality from set pieces and in open-play would be a joy to watch alongside Lampard and Villa.

Over the coming days Pirlo is likely to talk as Juve prepare for their UCL final, so let’s wait and see if there’s any truth in this rumor.

ProSoccerTalk have contacted New York City FC and are currently awaiting comment from club officials on this rumor.