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Qatar club could challenge Spurs for Pirlo

According to Italian sources, a Qatari club have tabled a bumper offer for Juventus midfielder and Tottenham target Andrea Pirlo.

A number of clubs have been linked with Juventus star Andrea Pirlo, whose contract expires next summer, but there are rumours that a Qatar team have joined the race.

The evergreen Pirlo has had a great season for Juventus and coach Antonio Conte insists that he is worthy of the Ballon d'Or.

Having joined Juventus for free when his contract at AC Milan ran out, Pirlo may again move on for free at the end of the season when his obligation to the Old Lady ends.

While the Bianconeri have made it clear that they would like to renew his deal, the 34-year-old hasn't agreed terms yet.

Premier League sides Tottenham and Chelsea are reportedly considering attempting to lure Pirlo but they may have competition from an unlikely source.

Tuttomercatoweb quotes pundit Alfredo Pedullà's website's claims that a massively lucrative offer could arrive from a club in Qatar that would be worth around £8.3m for a season.

If these reports are to be believed that is a staggering sum of money and is around double what Tottenham are said to be ready to offer.

However, the high-profile case of Zahir Belounis, the French-Algerian footballer not allowed to leave Qatar after a dispute with his club due to the nation's labour laws, may make Pirlo think again about signing a deal there.

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