Alessandro Del Piero is likely to remain a Sydney FC player next season and could sign a new deal with the club as early as next week.
His agent and brother Stefano arrives in Sydney at the end of the week and will meet with the club days later to discuss a new one-year deal with the Sky Blues.
Del Piero has publicly expressed his affection for the Australian lifestyle and is looking to extend his stay in the harbour city, and Sydney FC are keen to retain the services of their top scorer and marquee player beyond this season.
It is understood that the two parties have agreed in principle to the new deal but are yet to finalise some of the finer details of the contract, such as marketing arrangements.
''[Stefano Del Piero] is coming out later this week,'' Pignata said. ''He comes out every few months and hopefully we can tie up the loose ends. We will sit down early next week ... it's for a one-year deal.''
The imminent arrival of Stefano Del Piero further dispels speculation that the former Juventus captain is entertaining a move to Brazilian club Flamengo at the end of the A-League season.
He became Sydney's record goalscorer for a single A-League season against Brisbane Roar last Sunday when he slotted the opening goal and his 11th of the season to propel the club into the top six for the first time in 16 games.
- Sydney Morning Herald