Melbourne-bound?: Former Palermo captain Fabrizio Miccoli. Photo: AFP
The extraordinary success of Alessandro Del Piero's move to Sydney FC may be the catalyst for another Italian icon, Fabrizio Miccoli, to join the A-League.
Having managed to release Marcos Flores to the Central Coast Mariners last week, Melbourne Victory have a spare foreign marquee position and are in advanced negotiations with the 34-year old.
Fairfax Media believes they could agree terms to bring Miccoli to AAMI Park as soon as this week. However, as the club is still negotiating with other marquee players, including Greek legend Giorgos Karagounis, a final decision may not come so easily.
Considered one of Italy's best strikers of the past 15 years, Miccoli played alongside Del Piero at Juventus from 2002 to 2004 and also spent time Fiorentina, Perugia and Portuguese giants Benfica.
But it is with Palmero, the club he joined in 2007, where Miccoli has achieved his greatest success.
Miccoli scored 81 goals in 179 club matches for the Sicilian club, as well as tallying up 53 assists. He was made captain in 2009, a position he held until now.
Across his club career, in all competitions, he has scored 194 goals and made 111 assists in 548 games. He has scored the sixth-most Serie A goals of players still active in that league.
However, Miccoli's career has come to something of a sour end in Italy.
Despite scoring eight goals and making nine assists in 29 Serie A appearances this campaign, he couldn't help Palermo avoid relegation for the first time since 2004 as they slumped to 18th position.