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Recoba looking to head downunder

Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell has revealed the A-League club have opened talks with Alvaro Recoba’s agent to bring the former Inter Milan attacker to the club.

Mitchell returned to Australia this week following a month-long scouting mission in Europe as the Glory look to fill their vacant marquee player position ahead of the new season in August.

Recoba, 33, is apparently keen to leave his current club Panionios when his contract runs out at the end of the Greek season and make a move to Australia.

That has captured the attention of a number of A-League teams, but Glory would seemingly be in the best position to meet his wage demands with their ambitious owner Tony Sage looking to fill the vacant marquee role with a high-profile name.

And while Recoba would certainly fit the bill, Mitchell was keen to play down speculation despite admitting discussions had started during his European trip.

“There was an agent that said he had Recoba and asked were we interested,” Mitchell said of Recoba who spent a decade at Serie A giants Inter.

“The next step is how much is he going to be worth and does he really want to come to Perth.

“Again it’s an ongoing thing, nothing’s been decided but there’s been discussions.

“These players earn a lot of money and that’s a big factor (so) you could have three or four good players who say they’re interested but when you get down to the nitty gritty it comes down to the dollar really.

“He’s (Recoba) keen to come to Australia, that’s what we’ve heard, so we’re one of a few clubs that have shown an interest and that’s where it stands at the minute.

“But I’m not confident of getting any players until they sign on the dotted line.”

Should Recoba make the move to Australia he would be well known to A-League fans for his role in the sometimes tetchy World Cup qualification play-offs between the Socceroos and Uruguay in 2001 and 2005.

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Published on May 1, 2009

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