Man City and Inter Milan set to battle it out for Andrea Pirlo in shock loan deal

Man City are set to rival former boss Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan in order to sign Andrea Pirlo on loan in January, according to the Daily Express.

The Italian maestro left Juventus earlier this summer in order to sign with City’s affiliate, New York City FC along with Frank Lampard.

However, the genius midfield man is said to want a return to a European football during the MLS off-season in an attempt to secure a place in Italy’s squad for Euro 2016 next summer.

Lampard himself ended up at the Etihad on loan last season after signing the New York club, so a move for Pirlo could be on the cards ahead of the New Year.

Former City chief Roberto Mancini is apparently keen on securing the playmaker, having tried to sign him for the Manchester outfit while he was manager there in 2011.

Now back in charge at the San Siro, he is thought to have been put on red alert regarding the 36-year old’s availability.

Pirlo has previously played for Inter between 1998 and 2001, though failed to break the first-team as a youngster. Since leaving for city rivals AC, he has been one of the best players in the world – winning the World Cup and twice lifting the Champions League.

He then moved to the Old Lady in 2011, where he reached another Champions League final, and added a further four Serie A titles to his trophy haul.