In the biggest coup in Australian sport history, Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero has agreed to finalise details on a contract with Sydney FC after rejecting all other offers.
Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata will fly to Italy over the weekend to conclude the signing of the contract in what is the most exciting signing in Australian sports history.
“This is huge for Sydney FC, huge for the A-League and huge for Australian football,” Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow said.
“We feel honoured that Alessandro has decided to play for Sydney FC and we share his excitement that a move to Sydney FC will create a lasting legacy for football in this country.
“I want to thank Tony Pignata and Lou Sticca for the outstanding work over the last few days in progressing discussions with Alessandro.”
Following the intense reaction to the news late Friday night, the club issued a clarifying statement saying that no deal was done yet.
“Alessandro Del Piero has not signed a contract with Sydney FC as yet. The two parties have agreed to have a meeting in Turin early next week to confirm the possibility of signing a contract,” Barlow said.