Chelsea & Manchester United face Gala fight for Pirlo

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Manchester United and Chelsea midfield target Andrea Pirlo is being linked with a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray.

French publication Le 10 Sport cite speculation in Tuttosport when claiming that Roberto Mancini is keen on the 34-year-old, whose contract with Juventus expires at the end of the season.

The Serie ‘A’ champions are yet to agree terms on a new deal with the playmaker, and he would be free to agree terms with a new club in January if pen isn’t put to paper before the New Year.

"He can still make a difference in all teams. It would please me to have him in my team, I'm not afraid to admit it," Mancini wrote in his column for the Italian paper.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have also been linked with moves for Pirlo in the recent past, as Premier League clubs monitor the situation at the Juventus Stadium ahead of a potential transfer bargain.

Manchester United manager David Moyes is another to take an interest, and the Scot will be hoping to make up for a summer of disappointments in the market after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.

The new manager brought Marouane Fellaini to Old Trafford, but failed to strengthen in any other areas as the Red Devils struggled to prepare for the new campaign.

A relatively sluggish start has amplified the point, although Manchester United will now feel they are back in the Premier League title race after an impressive couple of months.

And, whilst Pirlo’s addition would be for the following season, his arrival would be a huge lift to everyone associated with the Red Devils.

Chelsea would feel the same way, and manager Jose Mourinho has seen the veteran’s ability first-hand during his managerial spell in Italy. He too has been linked with a move.

The Blues have generally looked to acquire young players in recent times, with the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku all painting a pretty picture for the future at Stamford Bridge.

However, the opportunity to sign Pirlo might be too good to turn down for Chelsea, as they look to make themselves Premier League title challengers once again.

Despite his advancing years, he still has plenty to offer any club, and it's the Blues who are hoping they can lure the player to west London for the end of his career.

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