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Chelsea Encouraged to Make £16m Move for Midfield Maestro

This guy still has a few years in him and would be an excellent signing!

The Rumour

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Chelsea are undoubtedly interested in the 30-year-old midfielder and had hoped to add him – and Kaka – to the list of arrivals drawn up by the new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Chelsea lost out on Kaka, who had already agreed a deal to join Real Madrid, and balked at the £20 million asking price for Pirlo. Milan still hope to do a deal to sell the Italian international at that price – or even more – but the fact that they have now contacted Chelsea to try and revive the transfer will give fresh hope at Stamford Bridge that a move can take place

The Source: (The Telegraph)

The Analysis

There are those who have deemed a move for Andrea Pirlo as not an intelligent one and there sole argument for this is the Italian international’s age. Now for those who fall into that camp I would remind them that 30 was the age Michael Ballack was when he was signed by the west London outfit and perhaps more importantly was also the age Claude Makelele was when he was signed by Claudio Ranieri, and who could doubt the impact the French battler had at Chelsea.

Andrea Pirlo isn’t nearly as combative as the two midfielders named and therefore presumably his age matters a great deal less. His age isn’t going to be a factor as he plays his expertly weighted 30 yard passes and being 30 won’t stop his set pieces from falling exactly where he aims them.

The AC Milan man is a quality player from top to bottom and in eight years at the San Siro to a Serie A title, the Italian Cup and of course two Champions League triumphs. Now I would agree that the fee may be a little too inflated but I am sure that given Silvio Berlusconi’s recent quotes, that the club could snare Pirlo for a fee of around £16m, which I think would be a decent price in today’s market.

The Likelihood

Pirlo to Chelsea: I think this move will take place.

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