Chelsea would have dominated if they signed Pirlo in 2009

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How different things could’ve been if Chelsea had signed this star

Date: 26th April 2014 at 11:02pm
Written by Cal Byrne

We were never sure how close Andrea Pirlo came to joining Chelsea in 2009. The player had been heavily linked in the media, but it could have been one those cases of a story becoming popular through plausibility. Carlo Ancelotti had previously worked with Pirlo, and Chelsea could do with a player of his ilk, therefore Chelsea must be interested in signing the Italian. However, it appears that Pirlo might actually have been a lot closer to joining the club than we may have thought. In Pirlo’s recent biography I Think, Therefore I Play, he revealed that he actually had agreed to join Chelsea in 2009. The midfielder spoke with the newly appointed Carlo Ancelotti and was keen to rekindle their relationship at Stamford Bridge. Only Berlusconi stood in the way of Pirlo gracing the Premier League with his talents. Berlusconi and suitcase full of money. AC Milan had just lost their star player to Real Madrid, and the Italian media mogul couldn’t conceive letting Pirlo go in the same window. Berlusconi upped the asking price for the Italian and demanded the services of Branislav Ivanovic at the same. ... Read More

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