City vying with Juve for World Cup winner

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AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo is on the verge of leaving the Serie A side, with Manchester City and Juventus potential destinations for the veteran, report

The 31-year-old is unlikely to be offered a new deal a the San Siro, and in the final year of his contract, Pirlo has already been discussing a move away with City and Juve.

Sources have said: "Pirlo will definitely leave Milan at the end of the season. Milan have not offered him a new deal and they are unlikely to as there are already negotiations with Juventus which began last month.

"Giuseppe Marotta met with Adriano Galliani and they have been speaking about Pirlo.

"Juventus have moved forward already and they are developing negotiations with Milan, with Galliani having already gone to Turin for talks with Juve asking whether they can get Pirlo, and so there is a negotiation with Juventus and this is likely to develop further in June."


Despite Juventus' advances, the Italian World Cup winner may still make the switch to England, having been coveted by Roberto Mancini, and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who used to manager the player during his time at Milan.

The Eastlands club are keen to bring in some much needed experience to help shepard their exciting, but inexperienced squad to their first league title since 1968.

Mancini signed Patrick Vieira from Inter Milan last January to help bolster his midfield and Pirlo may be the ideal foil for the likes of Nigel De Jong and Gareth Barry.

Unlike at Juventus, Pirlo would be assured European football at City, with the club on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League in Mancini's second season in charge.

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