Report: Juventus's Andrea Pirlo agrees to join NYCFC this summer
The 2015 Champions League final will reportedly be Andrea Pirlo's last game with Juventus, as Spanish paper AS reports the Italian midfielder has agreed a deal to bring him to MLS expansion side NYCFC this summer.
The report states that NYCFC moved to sign Pirlo after being rebuffed by Spanish legend Xavi, who is leaving hometown club Barcelona and joining Al-Sadd of Qatar.
Pirlo signed a contract extension a year ago that keeps him at Juventus until 2016, and the report does not state what kind of transfer fee NYCFC owners City Football Group would need to pay Juventus, or if the group would need to pay a transfer fee at all.
Pirlo, 36, is widely considered to be one of the best Italian players ever, with his accurate passing, efficient movement off the ball, and deadly freekicks winning him admirers across the globe. Pirlo has amassed 113 caps with the Italian national team, and remains an occasional part of the squad, most recently notching an assist in the Italy's win over Azerbaijan in an October qualifier for the 2016 European Championship.
At NYCFC, Pirlo would join fellow Designated Players David Villa and Frank Lampard, the latter of which is expected to join the team in July.
NYCFC has struggled to start its first year in the league, currently owning the lowest points per game (0.62) in MLS.