Italy great Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return with Australian club Avondale in a cup fixture
The 39-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last year after a glittering career that saw him claim a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.
Yet Fox Sports report that the Italian midfielder may be set for a return with Victorian outfit Avondale.
The A-League side are hoping to add Pirlo to the squad ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.
The club are desperate to take any measures to ensure the deal goes through even though money is understood to be of no interest to Pirlo.
Now, all that awaits is a final answer from his representatives.
However, even with Pirlo in their ranks, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.
Pirlo finished his career at New York City last year after two and a half seasons in the MLS.