Veteran Italian midfielder Pirlo could be making a surprise move to the Bernabeu.
In a shock development Spanish giants Real Madrid are lining up a surprising move for Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, according to Italian website Sport Mediaset.
It is set to be a transition period at the Santiago Bernabeu next season, with manager Jose Mourinho seemingly parting company with the club to join old side Chelsea and a number of players linked with moves away.
Yet one deal which now looks close is to bring Pirlo to the Spanish capital, after the 33-year-old helped guide Juve to their second successive Serie A title this season.
The midfielder joined the Bianconeri on a free transfer in the summer of 2011, following 10 successful years at AC Milan which included two league titles and two Champions League winners medals.
Pirlo was also instrumental in Italy’s World Cup triumph in 2006, when against the odds the nation went all the way to the final and beat France on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
It is unknown what the Turin club would do if Madrid made a move for the Italy international, as although Pirlo is still under contract at the Juventus Stadium a large bid would seem attractive for a player well into his 30s.
It is the third time the Italian playmaker has been linked with a move to Los Blancos, as he reveals in his book ‘I think therefore I game,’ that he was very close to heading to Madrid in both 2005 and 2007.
The constant rumours of Carlo Ancelotti heading to the Bernabeu is also likely to influence Pirlo’s decision as the Italy international enjoyed eight successful years under the manager at the San Siro.