We already know that Saturday's Champions League final between Juventus and Barcelona will see one of the game's modern greats play his last game in European football, as Xavi prepares to head off to a new challenge in the Middle East.
But, according to reports today, the Spanish maestro might not be the only veteran playmaker looking to bow out in style at the Olympiastadion this weekend.
Spanish publication, AS, has revealed today that Juve's Andrea Pirlo looks set to call time on his spell with the Old Lady in favor of a lucrative move to MLS where he could be set to link up with a certain Englishmen already joining the league this summer.
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AS reports that Pirlo is set to swap Turin for New York as new MLS franchise, New York City FC, look to secure yet another marquee signing for their roster.
With rumors that representatives of the fledgling franchise had been in Turin this week to speak to the Italian star the Spanish news outlet is reporting that “Andrea Pirlo will play his last game for Juventus on Saturday,” regardless of the result.
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This is contrary to recent speculation that Pirlo - who has made 119 appearances for Juve since joining in 2011 - would only leave the Serie A champions this summer if he was able to help them to the Champions League title.
With Pirlo having shown this season that he is still capable of playing at the very top level, there will also be some wondering if would be heading to the United States too early. It was only last month that he was linked to a move to Premier League champions Chelsea with manager Jose Mourinho looking to recruit some experience in midfield.
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Fans of the New York team are already looking forward to the arrival of Frank Lampard after his EPL swan-song with Manchester City, and the signing of such a decorated giant of European football to play alongside him in the center of the field is a further sign that the MLS' newest team mean business.
NYCFC already boast David Villa on their roster but have so far struggled to make an impression on Major League Soccer. Indeed, they currently find themselves bottom of the entire standings having managed just one win in 13 games. Reinforcements, therefore, cannot come soon enough.
In an ironic twist, Pirlo could well play his last game for Juventus against Xavi - the man that NYCFC had originally earmarked as a Designated Player singing before he turned them down last summer.
Would Pirlo be right to head to MLS, or could he still do a job at the very top level? Have your say in the comments below...
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