A host of Premier League clubs face competition from Real Madrid in the race to sign Andrea Pirlo.
The Daily Express claims the Spanish giants are tracking the player’s situation at Juventus, and are interested in bringing the 34-year-old to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
However, last season’s La Liga runners-up face stiff competition for the signature, with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all keen on the Italian international.
Pirlo’s contract expires at Juventus at the end of the season, and whilst he shares a good relationship with Carlo Ancelotti following their time together at AC Milan, the paper claims the midfielder holds concerns over the amount of playing time he’d receive in the Spanish capital.
That could open the door for the interested English parties – all of whom could use Pirlo’s undeniable talent and experience.
Tottenham Hotspur appear to be ahead of the pack in this particular instance, with Gianluca Vialli claiming there had been contact between the two parties already.
Andre Villas-Boas has brought in plenty of top young talent at White Hart Lane since taking charge of Spurs, and Pirlo would be a steady head to guide their rising stars.
As for Manchester United, new manager David Moyes would love a big-name addition following his failings in last summer's transfer window.
The Scot failed to bring his top targets to Old Trafford after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, and after a shaky start to the current season, the Red Devils might need a class act like Pirlo to steady the ship next term.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will know all about the player following his successful spell in Italy, and is another manager to invest heavily in youth since taking charge at Stamford Bridge.
However, the arrival of Samuel Eto'o shows that 'the Special One' certainly values experience, and the Blues could do much worse than the 104-cap playmaker.
Another manager who has shown in the past that he values experience is Arsene Wenger, with the Arsenal boss famously bringing Thierry Henry back to the Emirates Stadium for a loan stint in 2012.
Pirlo arguably offers the Gunners much more if they could secure his services permanently, and with young players like Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey still learning their trade at the heart of the side in north London, his experience could prove invaluable for years to come.
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