Andrea Pirlo's contract at Juventus expires next summer and the battle to secure his signature has begun in earnest with reports in Turkey suggesting that Besiktas are ready to make the first offer.
At the age of 34, Pirlo's career should be winding down. However, the Italian international remains a star man for Juventus and a number of Europe's top sides seem willing to gamble that he has some good years left.
There have been widespread reports that Tottenham are lining up an approach for Pirlo should he become a free agent next summer, but they will face competition.
A number of top European sides have been linked with Pirlo, including Spurs' Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United,
But the first team to put a definitive offer together could be Besiktas, according to Turkish website Fotomac.
Fotomac insists that Besiktas are ready to offer a £1.8m per year contract and are willing to commit to a multi-year deal rather than the single-year agreement that would be most common with a player of Pirlo's age.
However, there is still a good chance that Pirlo will simply choose to renew his deal in Turin. He has told Juventus that he won't discuss a renewal before next Spring but the Old Lady are likely to try and keep him.
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