There's an article on FutbolMLS that claims that we've made a significant offer (more than double Arsenal's bid of 2.5 million per year) to sign Juventus striker Del Piero.
I'm curious if this is legitimate or just idle speculation.
P.S. the article is in Spanish, so here's what google chrome translated it to (after the jump):
In His weekly column for FutbolMLS.com "... It is said in Europe," reporter David Ruiz MARK Alessandro Del Piero's addresses future, reporting That Seattle Sounders Have made a significant may offer to the legendary Juventus striker, who is in September to leave the club at the end of the season.
The former Italian international WAS Also in Arsenal FC's radar. However, Apparently the offer made by the Premier League club not was to Del Piero's liking as Arsenal may not be willing to pay current historical salary of 2.5 million euros a year. On the other hand, the Sounders' offer is Economically strong to Attract the forward, as Ruiz reports the Seattle club That would be willing to pay double annual historical.
Still, Del Piero - Like many other European stars -'ve Always Been Attracted to other cities more in the U.S. and might be willing to take a bit of a pay cut in order to play for New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, Which are historical favorites cities in America.
The future of Alessandro del Piero is closer every day across the Atlantic. The former Italian international has just started his last month as Juventus, the club he will leave after 19 seasons in the service of the cause bianconera, and it looks to continue his career in MLS.
FutbolMLS.com has been told, Del Piero has received a hearty supply of the Sounders for the 'Pinturicchio' end up at the top of Seattle as its new Designated Player.
be recalled that the group coached by Sigi Schmid already tried less than one month to convince the Spanish Raul Gonzalez to emigrate to the United States with a substantial financial effort, while Schalke 04 striker still the dismissed German having decided to pursue his career in football in Qatar.
Next on the shopping list of the Sounders is the flag of Juventus, whose contract with the favorite to win the Scudetto this season ends next June 30. And Del Piero seems to really work to accept a contract that would extend at least a couple of years his career.
The Padova recently received more than a month a call from Arsene Wenger to know if he would bring his long experience and goals against Arsenal, but it seems that the financial offer not done to convince the Italian, since the former Azzurri captain wanted to keep the London club its current form, which is around 2.5 million per year, which the Gunners are not willing to accept because of the 37-year-old with Del Piero.
If the numbers do not marry Arsenal Italian, the Sounders case is just the opposite. The Seattle would be willing to increase that amount to nearly double, with a minimum two-year contract. Needless to say that Del Piero is delighted with the offer of one of the fastest growing fleets in the short time he has a franchise in MLS. In addition, the Juventus attacker is still in love with the United States, which regularly visit on your vacation.
However, Del Piero has its preferences and accept a lower salary if given the opportunity to play in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, three cities that fascinate him. As in no hurry to make a decision because the transfer market in MLS will not open again until early July, Padova will take a while to see if any other Yankee League club interested in his services, and then see what the offer that best appeals to you, combining sporty looks with the economic and social.
What seems clear is that in the event that Del Piero finally arrived Sounders, Seattle's fleet would be forced to lighten their excess number of players, which currently is three ( Alvaro Fernandez , Mauro Rosales and Fredy Montero ), which is the league maximum allowed per team.