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Sydney FC make move for Del Piero

August 30, 2012
By ESPN staff

Alessandro Del Piero has been made an offer to move to Australia to join Sydney FC, with the A-League club expecting a response from the Juventus legend in the next two days.

Alessandro Del Piero asked the club not to retire the no. 10 shirt
PA PhotosAlessandro Del Piero will join Sydney

Del Piero, 37, left Juventus having spent 19 years with the Bianconeri and has been assessing his options all summer as he has had offers from the Middle East, the MLS and Switzerland.

Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata confirmed on Thursday morning, though, that the two-time A-League champions - who have previously signed Dwight Yorke and Juninho as their marquee player - hope to lure the former Italy international to Australia next season.

"Overnight we had two video conferences lasting about two hours discussing the possibility of bringing Alessandro Del Piero to Sydney FC for the 2012/13 season," said Pignata.

"Alessandro Del Piero is one of the true legends of football and there is no doubt that if he was to come to Sydney FC it would be huge, not only for our club and the Sydney football community, but for the whole A-League.

"We spoke about football, as well as the Sydney lifestyle and the ability for him to leave a lasting legacy in the game. We presented him with what we think is a good package and we should get an answer within 48 hours."

Sydney FC start their 2012-13 A-League campaign against Wellington Phoenix on October 6.