The madness that the transfer window brings, and that every club will be linked with hundreds of players over the coming months making some rumours difficult to believe. However a player who could be headed to these shores is Juventus midfielder and social media favourite Andrea Pirlo, who has spoken out about his desire to leave the Serie A and experience a new league next season. There will be a number of clubs across the world interested in the midfielder, but the Premier League has the prestige and finances to attract the Italian to England.
Pirlo showed that he still has the ability to contribute in the big matches as he played a key part in Juventus’ first leg victory against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. His eye for a pass and ability to read the game has made him one of the greatest midfielders in the modern era. He has won several Serie A titles as well as the Champions League and the World Cup. His experience and winning mentality would be a welcome addition to any Premier League side. At the moment Liverpool have been the most intensely linked to the Italian, however Chelsea and Manchester City could also be interested.
At 35, the Italian is approaching the end of his career, but his style of play will allow him to play on for a few more seasons yet, as he doesn’t rely on pace and stamina. His game is more focused on positioning and passing, which don’t regress with age. He has been linked with a move to the MLS, which he is believed to be interested in to end his career, but he may be persuaded to come to England for one or two seasons before moving to the States.
The Premier League is the most lucrative and most watched league in world football. Esteban Cambiasso has come over late in his career to England from Italy and his impact shows that midfielders like himself and Pirlo can still influence matches in the Premier League, despite their age.
Pirlo has had a smaller role for Juventus this season due to injury, featuring in only 18 Serie A matches. His impact has still been key as he has contributed four goals and five assists with a passing accuracy of just under 90. His influence on their Champions League campaign has been pivotal in their run to the semi-finals, and the Old Lady could still lift the trophy as they head to the Bernabeu with a first leg lead.
Liverpool is the most obvious fit for Pirlo as Brendan Rodgers likes to play a style of football that will suit the Italian perfectly, while surrounded by midfielders with high work rate like Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Joe Allen, Pirlo will be allowed to play his natural game and influence the match in the final third. With Steven Gerrard departing, Pirlo could be the perfect replacement as he has all the experience that Gerrard has, but his style of play is better suited to the direction Liverpool are now going. Chelsea and Manchester City will look at Pirlo as a player who would add experience and quality to the squad, especially in the Champions League, but his role wouldn’t be as important as it would be at Liverpool.