America's Christian Benitez and Juventus' Andrea Pirlo vie for possession.
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Report: LA Galaxy looking to replace Landon Donovan with Azzurri legend, Juventus star Andrea Pirlo

The LA Galaxy will lose the best US player ever to play the game when Landon Donovan retires at the end of the season.

And, according to a report on, they could be looking to replace him with one of the best ever from Italy. Frank Dell’Apa reported that the Galaxy are considering a bid for Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

But, according to the report, the prospective deal is stalling because the Galaxy are insisting the 35-year-old centerpiece of the Azzurri attack since 2002 make the move in January, halfway through Juventus’ season.

The report said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena declined to comment on Pirlo but wrote in an email, “We have an interest in a player of his caliber.”

The report indicated that although Pirlo, world champion with Italy in 2006, is under contract at Juventus through 2016 with an annual salary of 3.5 million euros, he would take Donovan’s Designated Player spot in time for the 2015 season should a deal go through.