A-League clubs chase Kewell
Sydney FC are favourites to sign Harry Kewell but a host of other A-League clubs are keen on the midfielder.
By Edwin Chong
Last Updated: 12/06/11 2:57pm
Sydney FC are favourites to sign Harry Kewell but a host of other A-League clubs continue to keep tabs on the midfielder.
The former Leeds and Liverpool man is currently a free agent after finishing his contract with Turkish club Galatasaray where he experienced three mixed seasons.
The Sky Blues are one of A-League's most decorated teams and are desperate to sign a marquee player who could perform on the field but also increase ticket sales after a disappointing campaign last term.
Kewell fits the bill perfectly but would command a salary of around £1.5million per year, which is a sizeable stretch for any Australian outfit.
However, the prospect of a luxurious lifestyle in the bustling city of Sydney could have a favourable affect on Kewell's decision about his future.
'"Every club that has expressed an interest in Harry has been told exactly the same thing at all times," his manager Bernie Mandic told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"(We've told them,) 'You are welcome to make an offer but keep in mind that the next move Harry makes will not be to a club offering the best financial offer. The key to any deal is the environment for his family.'"
Melbourne Victory are another club who are interested in Kewell and reports suggest they are in the process of preparing a significant financial package in a bid to land the 32 year-old.
"Our interest in Harry Kewell is very real and on-going," Melbourne CEO Richard Wilson said.
"We can't say too much right now, other than to say we are very keen.
"Harry's value to the A-League and Australian football in general would be fantastic. It would be as good as anything that has ever happened in the competition and probably better."