LA Galaxy want Juventus' Andrea Pirlo to replace Donovan by 2015

Andrea Pirlo is a target for the LA Galaxy (©GettyImages)

The LA Galaxy are looking to bring in Juventus and Italy star Andrea Pirlo to replace the retiring Landon Donovan, numerous reports revealed this week.

With the US stalwart having opted to call time on his career when the current MLS season cmes to an end, the Galaxy are keen not to downgrade on talent and are hoping to convince Juve to part with the mercurial midfielder perhaps as early as January 2015.

Galaxy coach, Bruce Arena, did little to downplay reports linking him to the former AC Milan star recently, telling reporters, "we are interested in players of his calibre," when quizzed on the rumors.

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Stumbling block

Andrea Pirlo has in the past expressed an interest in a move to the MLS at some point in his career, but insisted last month that he would only consider a move to the US league in 2016.

And it seems that his current club feel the same way, with reports suggesting the proposed deal between the Azzuri and Galaxy has hit a stumbling block due to the Italian side's reluctance to part with Pirlo part way through their own campaign.

Should the sides agree a deal for the 2006 World Cup winner however he would of course take up Donovan's soon to be vacant Designated Player status.

Stellar addition

The Galaxy have relied upon the talents of Landon Donovan for well over a decade, with the USA's all-time top goalscorer having helped them to three MLS Cups since his arrival in 2005, and the news that he will be retiring in 2015 was hard to swallow for their fan base.

But the prospect of replacing their departing captain with Andrea Pirlo will soften the blow somewhat for fans of the franchise.

One of the most decorated players in the European game, Pirlo is often cited as one of the finest players of his generation and he has the honors to prove it.

Two Champions League winners medals, five Serie A titles and a 2006 World Cup win have helped cement his place amongst the all-time greats, not to mention his excellent displays at the recent 2010 World Cup.

And despite nearing his 36th birthday he would be a huge asset to both the LA Galaxy and MLS as a whole should a move materialize in the coming months.

Draw of MLS

Andrea Pirlo the latest in a long line of top class players from the European game to be linked to Major League Soccer.

The likes of David Villa and Frank Lampard recently signed up to fledgling franchise New York City FC, whilst Brazil star Kaka will link up with Orland City SC in the coming years.

The Galaxy were perhaps the first to successfully go down this route when they brought David Beckham to the US in 2005, and the signing of Andrea Pirlo would echo that move should they manage to pull it off.

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