Report: Liverpool-linked Andrea Pirlo could join Frank Lampard at New York City FC

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The Juventus midfielder has hinted in recent weeks that he could leave the Italian giants this summer.

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo could become the latest big-name star to make a move to MLS, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

Pirlo, 36, is under contract with Juventus until 2016 but has indicated in recent weeks that he could leave the Serie A champions this summer following the Champions League final against Barcelona.

Liverpool have since been linked with his signature [h/t Daily Mail] as manager Brendan Rodgers eyes potential replacements for LA Galaxy-bound Steven Gerrard, but the 113-times capped Italian could instead be following his fellow veteran across the pond.

While he is said to have lucrative offers from Qatar, Di Marzio claims that the former AC Milan star is particularly keen on a stateside switch, with expansion side New York City FC named as the likeliest destination.

In fact, Pirlo himself has made his interest in an MLS move known just this month, telling Gazzetta dello Sport: "I won't stop playing; I'll go on as long as I have the same great desire to keep training every day.

"Juventus will be my last Serie A team, whatever happens. MLS could be an idea, but for the moment I don't have anything; Juve are the only thing on my mind.”

Despite his age, Pirlo’s timeless class would be much-needed on an NYCFC squad that has been going through some serious struggles during their inaugural campaign.

The club sit bottom of the Eastern Conference after 12 games, with a record of one win, four draws and seven defeats, and are now on a 10-game winless streak following this weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Real Salt Lake.

Frank Lampard’s impending arrival should help solve some of their problems but, with fellow star signing David Villa failing to produce to the levels expected thus far, head coach Jason Kreis will still have a hard time turning around results without additional reinforcements.

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