The chances of Alessandro Del Piero remaining in Sydney appear to have taken a hit, with the Italian star reportedly in talks to make a surprise move to Thailand at the end of the season.
Football website Goal.com reported that newly-promoted PTT Rayong are making an audacious move to sign the former Juventus captain.
The club’s coach, former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe, told local journalists that an offer is on the table to bring the World Cup winner to Thailand. The bid is being funded by the club’s owners, the wealthiest company in Thailand. ‘‘It’s up to Mr Del Piero whether he signs the deal or not," Withe told reporters. "If he signs, he’ll be here. If he’s not, he’ll stay at Sydney.’’
PTT Rayong earned promotion to the Thai Premier League last season and their owners, oil company PTT Public Company Ltd, are looking to splash out to bolster their squad with top-level talent.
Reports suggested Del Piero’s brother and agent will meet with the Thai club in Turin later this week. PTT Rayong are also reported to be in talks to sign Del Piero’s former Juventus teammate Vincenzo Iaquinta.