Why Manchester United should be favourites to sign Andrea Pirlo

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Andrea Pirlo could be on his way to the Premier League if Juventus don’t offer the Italian a new contract.

Reports have suggested that Andrea Pirlo is effectively on trial with Juventus as the club toys over the idea of whether to offer the 34-year-old a new contract beyond this season.

If the Old Lady decide that Pirlo isn’t worth a new deal, there is a very good chance that he could move to the Premier League with several of the division’s top sides reportedly monitoring the situation.

Manchester United have to be in the best position to go for him if he becomes available because they’re in the best position to be able to offer him regular first team football.

David Moyes’ decision to play Michael Carrick in the Manchester derby while the midfielder had flu is further evidence that he doesn’t believe in the back up midfield options at his disposals.

Failed summer bids for Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera also prove that United are on the look out for a player with the skill and creativity of the experienced Italian.

Chelsea have tried to sign Pirlo before and Jose Mourinho would surely be tempted by the option of having another significantly experienced player in his side to help take some of the pressure away from his current midfield.

Pirlo’s presence at Stamford Bridge would also allow Mourinho to rotate him with Frank Lampard, keeping them both fresh and fit, allowing Chelsea to retain an experienced midfielder in every match.

Arsene Wenger would surely be interested in that experience, especially if the Gunners are in and around the title race at the turn of the year.

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It’s been a long time since Arsenal started to shape up as serious title contenders which means if Wenger can get a player who will only improve the club’s chances of silverware then it’s something he’d certainly consider.

They, like their North London rivals Tottenham, do have the problem of midfield overcrowding and Pirlo is sure to want to move to a club where he is guaranteed to play a high ratio of matches because it’s likely to be the final big move of his career.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham have squads with young midfields and teams going through a period of transition, with every box ticked in terms of what their current midfields can offer them.

Old Trafford has to be the place he’ll be most keen on if a move to England looks the most likely.

Chelsea are likely to make a good offer for him if he becomes Premier League bound but he’s the exact sort of player that David Moyes needs, especially heading into a second tough half of the season.

Where do you think he’ll go if he comes to England?

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