Roberto Mancini has denied claims of contact between him and Pirlo, but will not rule out a possible transfer come January.
Earlier this year, Pirlo joined New York City from Juventus and could return to the Serie A on a possible loan deal.
Reportedly, Inter have already been in contact with the playmaker, but Mancini insists such talks are premature.
“It is not true that we have already been in touch with Pirlo. I have never spoken with him,” Mancini said at a news conference.
“Anything can happen in football, but there is nothing in those rumours for now.
“The MLS campaign has ended for him, but I don’t know what his intentions are, whether he is interested in returning to Serie A for a few months. He could return to Serie A and would definitely be an important player for any team.
“Pirlo is a real champion. He is not a normal player. He understands what’s happening on the pitch before anyone else.
“We are always looking at players with his abilities, because we have enough midfielders who are very strong physically and he could add something.”