Cahill to Sydney? Doubt it says Kalac

Sydney FC goalkeeping coach Zeljko Kalac has poured cold water on his club’s chances of luring Socceroos hero Tim Cahill to the A-League.

Kalac was sceptical about Cahill lining up for the Sky Blues next season, and cast doubts on the long-term pulling power of Australia’s all-time top scorer.

Sydney have reportedly quarantined $2 million for a high-profile marquee replacement for Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero.

"I'm not overly convinced," Kalac told the Clubhouse regarding the 34-year-old's possible move home.

“It would be a big deal for the A-League after Timmy’s success now at this World Cup and obviously being the only Australian to score at three World Cups.

“I think he would put bums on seats, but I’m not sure it’s going to happen."

The coin on offer from Sydney falls significantly short of the $3.5 million Cahill currently earns in the MLS with New York Red Bulls.

Besides which, Kalac suggested, there may only be short-term gain.

“I think Timmy’s got a brand now and I know people will come out and watch him for the first two or three games - and then he might just be another Australian playing in the A-League," Kalac added.

“I’m just thinking it might die out - where Del Piero sort of carried on because you don’t get close enough to these people.”

Cahill, a former star of the EPL, added to his legend at the World Cup in Brazil where he scored one of, if not the, goal of the tournament with a stunning left-footed volley against the Netherlands.