Andrea Pirlo has accepted a move to join New York City FC in Major League soccer, according to reports.
The Juventus legend, 36, has "accepted" a proposal from the new club, according to Spanish newspaper AS, having spoken to the club's CEO Ferran Soriano.
Should a move go through, he will join former England and Chelsea man Frank Lampard at the club, as well as former Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa.
Andrea Pirlo's dream XI
Andrea Pirlo's dream XI
1/8 Gianluigi Buffon
Pirlo's verdict: He has been at the top for so long. He makes saves that no other goalkeeper in the world can make. He knows how to command the defence and give confidence to them.
2/8 Marcos Cafu
Pirlo's verdict: Trend-setting in being one of the first truly great attacking full backs. Excellent at getting forward, but very strong defensively as well.
3/8 Fabio Cannavaro
Pirlo’s verdict: A true leader that didn’t need to ask for respect, but naturally got it. Without doubt one of the best central defenders to have ever played.
4/8 Paolo Maldini
Pirlo’s verdict: A defender who could read the game like nobody else, so intelligent and always so calm on the ball. One of the true greats, for both Italy and Milan.
5/8 Philipp Lahm
Pirlo’s verdict: One of those players who never makes mistakes, always so reliable for Germany and Bayern. Probably doesn’t always get the credit, because it's just so normal for him to be playing at such a high level now.
6/8 Gennaro Gattuso
Pirlo’s verdict: Rino is the opposition’s nightmare. Even in a training game, he plays like it is the World Cup final. The style of his game allows his team-mates time on the ball. Every team needs a Gattuso.
Pirlo’s verdict: I remember how badly we took it as a team when Kaka left Milan. For two or three years he was the best player in the world. There was a point when teams just had no idea how to stop him.
8/8 Pippo Inzaghi
Pirlo’s verdict: Just the perfect goalscorer. We had this most incredible understanding. We did not even have to look for each other. He knew what pass I would make and I knew where he would be. You gave him a chance and he would take it.
The paper report that New York City had also been interested in a move for midfielder Xavi, who has chosen a move to Qatar with Al Saad instead.
Pirlo is out of contract at Juventus and has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League.
He is likely to play his final game in Italy when Juve face Barcelona in the Champions League final, a match where both teams are chasing a treble.Reuse content