Italian World Cup hero Alessandro Del Piero has agreed to play for two-time champion Sydney FC in the forthcoming A-League season.
Sky Blues chief executive Tony Pignata and player agent Lou Sticca have negotiated a deal with Del Piero's representative and brother Stefano in Turin.
The deal for one A-League season is believed to be worth $2 million.
Del Piero, 37, is expected to sign a contract immediately before an official press conference in Turin on Wednesday at 7pm (AEST) to announce the Sky Blues' prized acquisition.
Del Piero, who has just ended a 19-year career with Italian giant Juventus, will be the new face of the A-League and expected to push the club's average home gate well past the 15,000 mark.
The main sticking points during week-long negotiations that started with intercontinental video hook-ups were the former Juve striker's huge business interests, personal sponsorships and image rights.
Sydney expects Del Piero, who has been voted Italy's most popular current sportsman ahead of motorcycle ace Valentino Rossi, to join his new teammates within a fortnight.
A Sydney spokesman said no deal has been done.