Manchester United & Tottenham should not target Pirlo

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Italian legend Andrea Pirlo has been heavily linked with a move to England in recent weeks, with Manchester United and Tottenham two potential destinations

The midfield maestro has been an exceptional talent and still is a fine player in his position. 

However, there is a problem - he has only ever played in Italy. 

Don't get me wrong, Serie A is a fine league, full of world-class players, however it's extremely different to the Premier League. 

England's elite division is full of pace and high tempo football and differs to the Italian style. Now, with the quality that Pirlo possesses, it would be foolish to suggest that he couldn't adapt to the demands of England. 

However, it may take time. And, in all honesty if he was going to join one of the Premier League's big-boys, they don't really have the time to wait for him to find his feet. 

And, it's not like he's getting any younger. At 34-years-old, the midfield star is coming to the end of his career and could soon hit a rapid decline. 

It may not be the greatest of risks for United and Spurs to take a chance on him - as he would arrive in England on a free - but it's just not worth it. 

For Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas' side are blessed with midfield talent - they have a number of stars and would struggle to find a place for the veteran in their side. 

It could be argued that the experience of Pirlo would make a difference at the heart of the north London outfit's team, as he could help some of the youngsters progress.

But it seems as if Spurs are heading into a new direction under their Portuguese tactician. The team that is being built is full of pace and power - Pirlo just doesn't fit the bill. 

As for United, there midfield problems are there for all to see. But, like Spurs, Pirlo is not the answer.

The Red Devils continue to search for a replacement for Paul Scholes and there's no doubt that the Italian has similar traits to the retired Old Trafford star. 

But signing him would be the short-term option and United, now with Moyes in charge, need to think about the long-term. Michael Carrick isn't getting any younger, Darren Fletcher may not come back the player he once was, Anderson remains a liability and Marouane Fellaini is still settling into his new role at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Moyes also has Cleverley, but his inconsistency continues to frustrate. United would be taking a step back in signing Pirlo. The Red Devils boss needs to continue to integrate young blood into Old Trafford and must look harder than taking the easy option of signing the Italian legend. 

Pirlo is not right for the Premier League champions, nor is he right for Villas-Boas' Tottenham revolution. 

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