Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will seal a switch to New York City FC on Friday, Goal understands.
The Italy international still has a year to run on his contract with the Bianconeri and had previously claimed that he would only consider leaving Turin if Massimiliano Allegri’s men lifted the Champions League earlier this month.
However, despite Juve’s 3-1 loss to Barcelona in Berlin, the uncertainty surrounding the midfielder’s future has only intensified in recent weeks and, on Saturday, the 36-year-old attended a New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium – which is also home to NYCFC.
Goal has now learned that Pirlo has agreed a move to MLS and will be confirmed as an NYCFC player before the end of the week.
Pirlo will join former England international Frank Lampard and Spain’s all-time record goalscorer, David Villa, at a club that only entered MLS this season.
Set-piece specialist Pirlo played 115 matches for Italy and was a key component in the side that claimed World Cup glory in 2006.
Despite his advancing years he remained a key player for Juventus last season, starting the Champions League final, and scored five Serie A goals in 19 starts and one substitute appearance as the Old Lady lifted the league title for a fourth straight time.