Andrea Pirlo to Juventus? Why a Move for the Milan Maestro May Be a Bad One
The rumor wires (and some semi-reputable soccer websites) shot up this morning with news of a move to Juventus for Andrea Pirlo, A.C. Milan's veteran playmaker and star. Fellow Bleacher Reporter Tim Fontenault (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/698105-ac-milan-star-andrea-pirlo-reportedly-agrees-3-year-deal-with-juventus) reported earlier that Pirlo had signed with Juventus for three years.
The financial terms are, as of this writing, unknown. Pirlo is currently paid a hefty salary of about six million euros. While he is probably taking a cut in pay, he will still command a plus size salary.
This may be no issue, as earlier today Juventus announced a summer transfer 'war chest' that could possibly reach up to 120 million euros. Now, a sizable portion of that will most likely go to securing some on-loan players (Aquilani, Toni, Quagliarella, Matri, etc.), but 120 million euros is still a very large amount of cash.
Juventus fans' imaginations may sparkle with thoughts of all sorts of magnificent transfers, but the Pirlo move isn't a very good one. Andrea Pirlo is definitely one of the best creators—possibly the best—in Italian football. However, what Juventus truly need is defense, and while Pirlo lays deep as a play maker, he is not necessarily known for his defensive prowess.
Additionally, as he will likely come at a steep price tag, we must wonder if the transfer was a sound financial move. Judgment must be reserved until official numbers come out, but Juventus fans must be wondering how much this will cost.
Pirlo does provide many positives, of course. Most prominently his playmaking abilities, as previously mentioned. Additionally, he is very skilled at set pieces. He, much like Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero, is a free kick wizard and he knows how to make a nice corner kick as well.
Finally, Pirlo provies veteran leadership, though Juventus is not necessarily lacking any with Del Piero, Buffon and Luca Toni. Three of the biggest names in Calcio, lest we forgot club favorites like Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio. Despite this apparent abundance in leadership, the club has seemed at times lackadaisical on the pitch. There is a chance Pirlo could be the shot in the arm the clubhouse needs, but again, only time will tell.
At the very least, Juventus can welcome a player with two Champions League titles, one world cup title, and two Scudetti under his belt.
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