The Los Angeles Galaxy are considering a bid for Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, reports ESPN FC.
According to the report, the deal is stalling because the Galaxy want Pirlo to make the move in January, which is halfway through Juventus' season.
Pirlo is under contract at Juventus through 2016 and has been with the team since 2011. The 35-year-old joined the Italian national team in 2002 and announced in June that he was retiring from international play following the 2014 World Cup.
The midfielder won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.
If a deal goes through, Pirlo could replace the retiring Landon Donovan as a designated player in time for the 2015 MLS season.
Pirlo had four goals and six assists in 29 Serie A games with Juventus last season. A strained right thigh has kept him out of the the first month of this season, but he could return next week.
- Molly Geary