Chelsea On the Verge of Signing £17m AC Milan Midfielder

Ancelotti closes in on one of his former Milan star’s

Sports News - February 12, 2009

The Rumour

Milan ace Andrea Pirlo is on the verge of joining Chelsea and being reunited with former Rossoneri coach Carlo Ancelotti, according to Spanish paper Marca.

Pirlo, who has been chased by a number of top European sides, has always claimed he would be staying at Milan, but reports in Italy have suggested otherwise. Spanish media have linked him to Atletico Madrid, but it now appears that he will be heading to the Blues.

The report suggests contacts between Ancelotti and Milan have gathered excitement in recent days with Chelsea ready to tempt the Italians with an €18million bid. Further voices surrounding the Milanese giants claim they are ready to lure Sao Paulo ace Hernanes to the San Siro as a replacement for the Italian.

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The Analysis

Andrea Pirlo is a quality midfielder who has the vision and intelligence of a world class star who any side would be glad to purchase, luckily for Chelsea they have the money and in Carlo Ancelotti they obviously have his ex manager who led the 30 year old to a succession of silverware.

AC Milan will not want to lose another big name but as the same time they will not want to keep a player against their will and given the player’s age the sum mentioned is a good one and Leonardo can then put that money to good use as he looks to put his own stamp on the San Siro outfit.

The Likelihood

Pirlo to Chelsea: Looks likely to be a big name Blues signing in the making.

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