Serie A giants Juventus could be making a serious mistake if they allow Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo to leave for MLS side La Galaxy next summer.
The 35-year-old remains an important member of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad, having played a key role in delivering three consecutive Scudettos under the stewardship of new national team manager Antonio Conte.
And with his contract due to expire in June 2016, Allegri must avoid making the same mistake he did whilst at AC Milan in cutting his stalwart’s time at the club short.
Fresh from winning the Scudetto courtesy of the stunning Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the 47-year-old believed Pirlo to be a spent force and willingly allowed him to join Conte’s Juventus on a free transfer following interest from Chelsea.
It was there that he rejuvenated himself, and with Milan going on to relinquish their league title to their former employee's new club, Allegri’s decisions from then on came under increased scrutiny from the club’s hierarchy.
He was axed last season and replaced by Clarence Seedorf with his side languishing in the bottom half of the table and is now the man charged with ensuring Pirlo’s career continues to blossom away from the San Siro.
Pirlo’s form for the Old Lady has been outstanding since his transfer three years ago and despite lacking the same glamorous appeal as teammates Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, he remains a valuable asset.
He enjoyed a fine year in Conte’s final season in the job, scoring six times and continuing to churn out masterful performances on a regular basis as they steamrolled to the title.
Despite the Italian national team enduring a difficult time at the World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer, he was still the team’s catalyst and assisted Claudio Marchisio for the opening goal during their 2-1 win over England in Manaus.
The former Inter midfielder has helped Allegri’s side waltz to five successive victories in Serie A, but may miss out on Sunday’s showdown against rivals Roma through injury.
Pirlo is widely considered by many in the footballing community to be one of the classiest midfielders on the planet, and selling him could see Juventus’ chances of success rapidly decrease.
Milan and Allegri made the mistake of writing him off before – and the Italian manager should think twice before letting the veteran depart again.
Pogba and Vidal continue to be of interest to Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester United, and the Juventus manager should take into consideration the effects of what a revolving door transfer policy could have on the club.
Allegri is already haunted by the mistake of letting Pirlo leave his side once. To do so again would be bordering on sheer negligence.