Germany’s all-time leading goal-scorer Miroslav Klose could be playing in the A-League next season, but it is age and not asking price that has clubs hesitant.
Klose is currently a free agent after leaving Serie A club Lazio where he spent five years, scoring 55 goals in 139 appearances.
The exclusive mandate to represent Klose in Australia is being controlled by Jon-Paul Michail of FIA Sports Management, who said:
“We haven’t gotten to a stage of price. Biggest deterring factor is age.”
“Klose is a legend of the game and would be a huge asset for not just an A-League club but for the competition in general.
“Miro has aspirations to coach once his playing career concludes; what an incredible mentor he would be for young Australian players”.
It is likely that the FFA would finically aid the successful club in luring Klose under the ‘guest marquee ruling’, which could open the door to the likes of Melbourne Victory who missed out on Alessandro Diamanti.
The Western Sydney Wanderers are also another club without a marquee signing and could be in the hunt for the German.
It is believed that the Brisbane Roar are one of several clubs who were approached, but the battling Queensland club expresses no desire to sign the 37-year-old.
Klose’s age may be the greatest caveat to overcome, but Michail believes that should not be the deciding factor.
“He has proven longevity and is still in great nick; he scored 8 goals and 8 assists last season for Lazio and 16 goals the year before.
“Class is permanent as we saw with Del Piero, who was the same age as Klose when he signed with Sydney FC”.