FC Dallas washout Denilson eyeing Australia
Former Brazil star and World Cup winner Denilson, once the most expensive footballer in the world, has indicated that the A-League is one of his preferred destinations and discussions have begun with a number of Australian clubs.
Capped 61 times for his country, Denilson broke the world record transfer fee when Real Betis paid Sao Paulo $32 million for his services in 1998.
The player's representatives and legal team are currently talking to a number of A-League clubs. Denilson is interested in the A-League and has been impressed by Juninho's experiences, as well as the appreciation of Brazilian players by a number of Australian clubs in general.
He has a World Cup winners medal and runners-up medal in his trophy case, plus a Confederations Cup winners medal, a Confederations Cup MVP award and a Copa America winners medal. He is understood to want to win another championship medal somewhere before he eventually retires from the game.
As recently as January 2009, he impressed Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson, but failed to agree to personal terms. While European football is still an option, Denilson also sees the power of Asia as a growing football market.
He recently left Vietnamese club Xi Mang Hai Phong after scoring on debut -- disagreements over contractual expectations were cited as the reason for Denilson leaving the V-League club early.
This isn't the first time Denilson has been linked with a move to the A-League.
Previously, he also had an unsuccessful stint in Major League Soccer with FC Dallas.