Reports: Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo agrees to terms with NYCFC
Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo has agreed to join MLS club NYCFC, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports. An official announcement is expected by the end of the week, David Waldstein of The New York Times reports.
Steve Petrella of Sporting News reported on Saturday that Pirlo will be introduced on Friday.
Pirlo, 36, has played for Italian giants Juventus since 2012 and previously spent 10 years playing with Milan. He is known as a deft passer and is renowned for his ability on free kicks.
Pirlo has been rumored as a potential target for NYCFC for nearly a month now. He reportedly received an MLS offer as early as May 24, and Spanish paper AS reported on June 3 that Pirlo would sign with NYCFC.
Pirlo attended Saturday's New York Yankees game, where he was seen speaking with NYCFC CEO Ferran Soriano. The Yankees own a minority stake in the club.
Italian paper La Stampa reported that Pirlo, who has one year left on his current deal with Juventus, would stay in Italy until January.
Pirlo would join fellow aging former European stars Frank Lampard and David Villa with NYCFC.
- Dan Gartland