Sticca: Pirlo would be bigger for the A-League than Del Piero
The Australian reported that several Australian representatives had travelled to Milan to meet Pirlo’s agent on Sunday to discuss a potential move.
Sticca, who was responsible for Sydney FC’s capture of Juve legend Alessandro Del Piero, was at Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final in Berlin and confirmed in the Italian press he was “planting the seed” about Pirlo moving to the A-League.
“My project in Italy is clear: if Andrea decides to leave Italy for other markets and leagues only then will I move in this case,” Sticca told Tutto Mercato Web.
“I’m here to plant the seed to get him to go to Australia.”
Sticca clarified he wouldn’t pursue any deal if the 36-year-old wished to remain at Juventus, given he is under contract until 2016.
The Italian superstar has been linked with the United States, which Sticca conceded was ahead in the race, but he hoped Australia had an ace up its sleeve, with Pirlo having visited during Juventus’ tour down under last year.
Sticca refused to confirm which A-League clubs were interested, with The Australian reporting that Sydney FC was likely the only club capable of matching his wage demands.
However, Sticca did reveal that more than one A-League club had enquired about the possibility.
“I have some interested clubs who have given the mandates, but I clearly don’t want to name them,” Sticca said.
"My plan is simple: it’s Andrea or nothing. But there are also others working besides me.”
Del Piero had a massive impact on Sydney FC and the A-League during his two seasons in Australia, but Sticca claimed Pirlo could be bigger.
“Del Piero, for Australian football, was the biggest, but Andrea could be bigger still,” he said.
“I’ll explain why: Alessandro played all his life with Juventus, but Andrea was with Milan and Juventus.
“The Bianconeri have the largest number of fans in the world and Milan isn’t far behind. It would be huge to merge together those supporters of two clubs.”
Sydney were tight-lipped on Pirlo when contacted by Perform on Monday, with a spokesman stating they wouldn’t comment on speculation.