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Sunday September 2 2012
Del Piero to Southampton?

There are shock reports that Southampton have joined Sion and Sydney FC in tempting Alessandro Del Piero.

The Juventus legend is a free agent after his contract expired, ending a 20-year reign in Turin.

Australians Sydney FC and Swiss side Sion have emerged as the most likely contenders for his signature.

However, today La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Southampton have made an audacious bid for Del Piero.

They have proposed a two-year contract worth €1m per season, plus performance-related bonuses.

He has always said he’d like to experience the Premier League and would be the second big Serie A ‘get’ for the Saints after taking Gaston Ramirez from Bologna on transfer deadline day.

It is also reported the Sydney FC directors are flying out to Italy today and want an answer by Tuesday.

Del Piero is one of several free agents still without a club, including ex-Fiorentina goalkeeper Artur Boruc, Milan full-back Gianluca Zambrotta, World Cup winner Fabio Grosso and the likes of Massimo Mutarelli, Simone Barone, Alex Manninger, Per Kroldrup, David Suazo and Simone Loria.

Del Piero’s Number 10 jersey had been reserved for the ‘top player,’ but Nicklas Bendtner has not been considered worthy of that honour.

The ex-Arsenal striker has been handed the Number 17 shirt for this season, once worn by David Trezeguet.

Curiously, the number 17 is considered to be unlucky in Italy.

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