'There are contacts between Andrea Pirlo and Tottenham'

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Tottenham have been linked with Andrea Pirlo by former Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli.

How well informed is former Chelsea and Watford boss Gianluca Vialli?

The Italian is now a pundit for Sky Italia, a studio guest during the Serie A glamour clash between Juventus and AC Milan.

Juventus emerged 3-2 winners - with centre-back Giorgio Chiellini scoring what proved to be the decisive goal.

The champions' first goal was scored by the evergreen Andrea Pirlo, 34, who also went onto hit the woodwork later in the game.

Pirlo's future is currently a hot topic in his homeland, because he is out of contract in June and free to negotiate with clubs as of January.

After the match, Gianluca Vialli told Italian television that his sources had linked Pirlo with a switch to Tottenham Hotspur.

He said: "I got the rumours from London. There are contacts between Andrea Pirlo and Tottenham for the next season."

Spurs have a multitude of midfield options available, so a move for Pirlo may not make a great deal of sense from a positional perspective - but when a player like Pirlo comes available, things change.

He was a player written off two years ago when he joined Juventus from AC Milan, responding by leading the Turin giants to two Scudetto's.

After a withering home defeat to West Ham, it's hard to imagine Andrea Pirlo even a year older would not improve the club's fortunes even slightly - and allow existing the players to learn so much from him.

A word of caution on Vialli's comments however. The Mail published an article 12 days ago claiming Pirlo was being monitored by Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham. He of course mentions just Spurs, but the possibility is very much that a case of whispering gossip has simply found it's way to the Italian. 

Vialli could have his own sources and be privy to an approach by Spurs. If so, this is an interesting one to watch going into the New Year, however the fact he describes it as 'rumours' likely tells it's own story.

Spurs fans would you like Pirlo at the club on a short-term deal?

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