Still on the hunt for a marquee team, the sky blues have their eye on the in-form national star.
He might have played his last game at a World Cup in his career but that doesn’t mean Tim Cahill cannot still play in front of a pro-Australian crowd.
Cahill, who will miss the Socceroos finals Group game of Brazil 2014 against Spain due to cards, is being looked at closely by Sydney FC to become their marquee signing.
After losing Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero the harbor-side team has been on the hunt not just for a player to help them back to the finals, but to also add the star power the former Juventus player gave to the club.
Cahill would fill both of those requirements with ease.
Coming off two sensational performances in the Socceroos’ losses to Chile and the Dutch, in which he scored a strong candidate for goal of the tournament, the former Everton midfielder would be a massive star on and off the field for the A-League as it continues to battle the other major codes for a market share in Australia.
However, the biggest hitch in any plans being developed by Sydney FC is the three-and-a-half year deal Cahill currently has with Major League Soccer side the New York Red Bulls.
Cahill currently earns $3.5million for NYC, and with Sydney FC’s marquee budget well short of that mark either the Aussie would have to take a significant pay-cut to play in his home competition or have his salary boosted by the powers that be.
FFA CEO David Gallop said he would be willing to do what it takes to overcome the many obstacles in the way for Cahill to sign with Sydney FC or any other A-League side.
“It would be fantastic to see Tim Cahill in the A-League for all the reasons we’ve seen at the World Cup,” said Gallop.
“He’s a world-class player, one of the greatest Socceroos of all time and is enormously popular with Australian fans.
“This is an idea that is worth exploring, but there are many issues and complications to deal with.”