Man United, Man City and Arsenal to battle for Euro Legends

Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United are lining up moves for two of European football biggest names, Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Iniesta.

Pirlo is considering his future with Serie A side Juventus after it emerged that talks on a new contract had stalled.

The veteran midfielder, considered to be a legend of the modern game, has impressed since joining the Old Lady two seasons ago from AC Milan helping the club to successive titles.

The 34 year old has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti however Arsenal and United are also keeping tabs on the situation and will rival any bid.

Pirlo is out of contract next summer although reports indicate that should the two parties not agree a deal then he could be allowed to leave for free in the January transfer window in recognition of the contribution he has made for Antonio Conte’s side.

Pirlo’s has plenty of experience with two Champions League and a World Cup winner medal in his cabinet would certainly bring value to both midfields, if a deal could be agreed.

Another World cup winner being linked with a move to Manchester is Barcelona star Iniesta.

The midfielder has spent 18 years at the Nou Camp but is reportedly contemplating his future following the club’s latest contract offer.

The 34 year old, one of the best passers in the game, has believe to be “disappointed” by the club’s offer of £200,000 a week and is considering his future.

Talk of a move was talked up by the player’s father, Jose Antonio who told Spanish radio programme La Xarxa: “Anyone who knows Andres, who has spent 18 years at Barcelona, shouldn’t doubt his words.”

Should the two parties fail to agree a deal then City and United are waiting to pounce to bring the player to England, and could make a move as early as the New Year.

The addition of Pirlo and Iniesta to the Premier League would prove to be major coup despite their advancing years although at this point it would appear that the reports are more attempts to secure their respective futures with their current clubs rather than finish their careers in England.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.