Having just come off the back of a near-perfect display against Sevilla, Manchester City are now gearing up for their top versus bottom Premier League clash with Aston Villa this weekend amidst their battle to fend off second-placed Arsenal.
Wherever City seem to go, however, whether it's Seville or Birmingham, speculation has followed, with rumours recently linking them with Italy legend Andrea Pirlo.
The midfielder, 36, currently plies his trade in the MLS for City's sister club, New York City - undoubtedly a massive factor in the speculation linking the Italian with a move to England.
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Given the Citizens' determination for a third title in five years, many City supporters were suitably interested and excited by the prospect of welcoming the former Juventus man to the Etihad.
However, according to Manchester Evening News, City have refuted such claims and denied making any approach for the World Cup winner. Sources at the club deny they have categorically made any swoop for the veteran.
Alas, it is not to be. City fans - and English supporters in general - will never see the elegance, pin-point accuracy nor wonderfully maintained beard of Pirlo grace the Premier League.
A real shame, though with the 36-year-old's trophy cabinet already containing two European Cups, six Serie A titles, a World Cup and two Coppa Italias, can we blame him for hanging up his top-league boots and seeking a lesser challenge?
The United States will likely be his last footballing playground - disappointing, isn't it? But don't despair, City fans - with the well-stocked midfield of creative talent that Manuel Pellegrini has assembled, it's hardly the end of the world.
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