Andrea Pirlo to New York City FC continues to look like a sealed deal.
Reports out of Italy now suggest the Italian midfielder has bought a house in New York City in lieu of the move. Further, those very reports cite sources claiming Pirlo’s daughter Angela has told classmates her father would be leaving for New York City FC.
The first reports of Pirlo owning property in New York City came from Australian super-agent Lou Sticca. Sticca was in Europe last week in a last-ditch attempt to lure Pirlo to the A-League.
“I know well that New York is a huge attraction plus he owns a house there,” Sticca told reporters. “However, if it’s time for him to seek new adventures, I feel it my duty to plant Australia there for his consideration.”
Pirlo’s name has been floated with a move to either New York City FC or the A-League’s Sydney FC for weeks. However, Sydney boss Graham Arnold splashed cold water on a Sydney move, stating, “I have not had any contact from an agent (regarding Pirlo) and have not heard anything about him coming to Australia. I am not looking in that direction … I am looking for an attacking player who can help replace Marc Janko and can add something extra to the front line.”
Pirlo, 36, is under contract with Juventus for another year. No word has emerged as to whether The Old Lady will re-sign him, ask for compensation in return for Pirlo’s services or if they will let him go on a free transfer.