Rumor Roundup: Villa, Pirlo, Gomez

After coming off what seemed like their first win in decades, NYCFC are now aiming to get their season back on track on the field. Off the field, with the commencement of most of the top European leagues, rumors are starting to swirl about possible transfers to the MLS, and NYCFC is in the thick of it. Below are all of the latest rumors surrounding NYCFC.

Tim Clayton/Daily Mail
Tim Clayton/Daily Mail

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Update:

According to Nick Chávez, Villa will not be heading to Manchester City on loan, so all NCYFC fans can stop holding their breath.

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According to the Manchester Evening News, NYCFC star David Villa is open to a possible loan move to sister club Manchester City. While the details are not confirmed, it looks like the loan would be short-term, and Villa would depart the Big Apple during the January transfer window, and return after the Premier League concludes, to train with the team, but not be able to play for NYCFC until July.

Unfortunately, this would mean that Villa would not be with the club at the start of the season, similar to what Frank Lampard is enduring right now.

Manchester City are likely to have a busy offseason with the almost surefire sale of Steven Jovetic and also the possibility of Edin Dzeko departing, Villa could be provide valuable depth for the Premier League runner-ups.

This move would be nothing but frustrating for NYCFC fans as it confirms that Manchester City loaning out the club’s top players will become a trend.

Reuters
Reuters

Following Juventus’ loss in the UEFA Champions League final, there have been a multitude of conflicting reports regarding Andrea Pirlo joining NYCFC.

According to ESPN, Sydney FC of the A-League have joined the chase for the midfielder, but NYCFC still hold “pole position”. This is to be expected as the MLS currently stands as the more desirable destination compared to the A-League.

However it also seems that Pirlo intends to stay with Juventus.

My tears were not goodbye tears. They were tears for a defeat in a Champions League Final, as I don’t know if I will ever get the chance to play another one. It is normal that there was some disappointment.

These conflicting reports make it difficult to analyze whether Pirlo will stay in Italy or make the move to the United States. At 36, Pirlo still put in a quality season with Juventus totaling five goals and five assists along with an 87 percent pass accuracy in 30 appearances for Juventus this season per WhoScored.com.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

According to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Italian club Fiorentina are looking to offload striker Mario Gomez. Gomez arrived at Fiorentina from German-giant Bayern Munich for a fee reported to be around $26 million after performing well for Bayern the season before.

However, Gomez has fallen out of favor in Fiorentina after a subpar season. Gomez only managed 10 goals and two assists in all competitions, including the Serie A, UEFA Europa League and the Coppa Italia, the Italian domestic cup.

Gomez is only 30-years-old and still has plenty to contribute, and would likely be a dominant player in the MLS.

The rumors surrounding Gomez have been pretty dead since late-May, but now with the Serie A concluding, expect rumors to heat up once again.

The German international has dodged questions about his future, but has been linked to both New York clubs. However due to his talent level, plenty of other clubs in Europe are likely to be interested.

Gomez would be a great player for NYCFC, but from his transfer fee which will be exaborniate for MLS standards, to his wages of $4.6 million a year, even if Gomez took a pay cut, he would be pricey.

This move is a little out there, but Gomez would make a huge impact if he were to come to NYCFC.

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