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City and Chelsea in Pirlo bidding war

World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo looks set to prompt a bidding war between Manchester City and Chelsea when he walks away from AC Milan on a free transfer this summer.

Both City manager Roberto Mancini and Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti want to capture the 31-year-old Italian international’s signature after he decided to leave Milan following a pay dispute.

Chelsea failed in a bid to sign Pirlo last year but Ancelotti still wants to add the veteran midfielder to his squad.

However, Mancini is also keen to add experience to his midfield with Patrick Vieira widely expected to leave City this summer.

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