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Can the A-League tempt Andrea Pirlo?

14948316901_77c65951db_zA-League clubs are still rumoured to be looking to tempt Italian superstar Andrea Pirlo to follow in the path of Alessandro Del Piero to leave Italy and move to Australia.

Despite having one year left on his contract with Juventus, the veteran midfielder is believed to be looking into the possibility of ending his successful four-year stay in Turin now that the European football season has come to an end.

While Pirlo has been linked with lucrative moves to the USA and Qatar, clubs in Australia are also rumoured to be monitoring the situation closely, most notably Del Piero’s former side Sydney FC.

It may all be immaterial if the 36-year-old decides to see out the final year of his deal at Juventus, with the Italian giants still confident of hanging on to a player who has been key to their four straight Serie A title-winning seasons.

Having played a key role in bringing Del Piero to Australia from Europe three years ago, agent Lou Sticca made the trip to Italy to speak to Pirlo’s representatives ahead of Juventus’ Champions League Final defeat to Barcelona. While it’s believed a move to the A-League was something the Italian would be open to, it also became clear any move would cost in the region of around $10 million, something only a couple of clubs in Australia could realistically afford. Sydney FC would be one of those teams, along with Melbourne City, and it wouldn’t be the first time the beaten Grand Finalists have pulled off a coup many felt would be impossible, although plenty in Turin would hate to see the back of Pirlo.

Nobody really thought the Sky Blues could tempt Del Piero to the A-League, although this deal would no doubt trump the agreement that saw a player arrive, who, while still talented, was some way from the player he had been. Pirlo is clearly entering the final stages of his illustrious career, but his game has never been based on an ability to run, jump or tackle better than his opponents, and this year has shown that the playmaker is still one of the best in the world at what he does.

Melbourne Victory might be priced at 11/4 with bet365 to retain their crown, but there’s a strong chance that would dramatically change if Sydney managed to bring a player like Pirlo to Allianz Stadium.

Sydney’s recent marquee signings have been key to their success over the past few seasons. Marc Janko’s arrival at the club last year might not have brought the sort of attention Pirlo’s would, but the Austrian made sure the league sat up and took notice during a season in which he scored 16 goals in 22 appearances. The news that Janko won’t be at the club next season might have been a blow to the Sky Blues’ plans but it has freed up some wages that could now be used to attract Pirlo to New South Wales.

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