Report: Liverpool-linked Andrea Pirlo 'accepts' offer to join New York City FC

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The Juventus midfielder is set to link up with Frank Lampard and David Villa at the MLS club this summer, according to reports.

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo is set to become the latest big-name star to make a move to MLS, according to Spanish publication AS.

Pirlo, 36, is under contract with Juventus until 2016 but has suggested of late that the weekend’s Champions League final against Barcelona could be his final game for the Serie A champions.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport last month, when he admitted his interest in a stateside switch, the 113-times capped Italian said: "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.”

Liverpool are since reported to have lined up Pirlo as a possible replacement for outing captain Steven Gerrard, who himself is heading to the States this summer to join MLS Cup holders LA Galaxy [h/t/ Daily Mail], but the deep-lying playmaker could instead be following him across the pond.

Following Gianluca Di Marzio’s recent report that he has been in talks with New York City FC after the expansion club missed out on Barcelona’s Xavi, who will move to Qatari outfit Al Sadd this summer, AS now claim that the former AC Milan star has "accepted" an offer to unite with Frank Lampard and David Villa in the Big Apple.

Despite his age, Pirlo’s timeless class and experience would be much-needed on an NYCFC squad that has struggled to get going during the initial stages of their inaugural campaign.

The club sit bottom of the Eastern Conference after 13 games, with a record of one win, five draws and seven defeats, and have managed to score just 10 goals – the second lowest amount in the league.

Lampard’s impending arrival should help solve some of their problems but, with captain Villa so far failing to produce while starved of service up top, head coach Jason Kreis will still need additional reinforcements in his bid to turn around results.

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