Pirlo in Barcelona?


Pirlo is widely regarded as the best deep lying playmaker in world football, and a crucial part of the AC Milan set-up. However the 29-year-old, who has had a poor domestic season, is said to be unsettled at San Siro and considering his future. Pirlo is unhappy about the lucrative contract that new signing Mathieu Flamini received, as well as the financial improvements that many of his team-mates have recently had on their deals.

New Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola is a huge admirer of Pirlo, partly because he has a similar style of play to which the Spaniard had when he was a player. SKY Italia says that Guardiola wants to build his Barca midfield around Pirlo next season, and is set to make a huge transfer bid for the player. Pirlo is currently on international duty with the Italian national team ahead of Euro 2008.

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