Goal machine Bobo’s mooted A-League return has been described as a “long shot”, with Sydney FC claiming that if the Brazilian did rejoin the competition he would favour them over Adelaide United.
Both have declared their interest in the 33-year-old marksman, whose 35 goals in all competitions last season made him the most prolific striker the league has seen.
But Bobo has struggled to make an impact during his third stint in Turkey, and is yet to score in the league for Analyaspor after 10 appearances.
He has struck twice in the cup but his agent has been in touch with both Sydney and Adelaide over a possible second coming to Australia, where both would welcome him with open arms.
Sky Blues CEO Danny Townsend acknowledges the need for fresh blood up front, but is cautious over building up expectations of Bobo returning to the club where he won two A-League premierships, an A-League Championship, the FFA Cup and the Golden Boot.
“We’re open to talk to him but he’s a contracted player and we can’t really do anything until the transfer window opens anyway,” he said.
“We’ve been in touch with his agent and he’s obviously raised the fact that Bobo is not having the greatest time at the moment.
“But until the window opens and there’s a willingness from his club to let him go we can’t move further.
“It’s a long shot but if it gets to January and he’s interested in coming back to Australia we would definitely have a chat with him.”
Alanyaspor paid Sydney just under $1 million for Bobo six months ago, and would be expected to seek some form of transfer fee from a suitor, effectively ruling both Sydney and Adelaide out of the picture.
“We were contacted by many clubs interested in buying him when he was with us and he’s definitely still a marketable player,” added Townsend.
“The rest just depends on the circumstances. It’s a shame he’s not playing ... you like to see players go on and do well when they leave your club, not the opposite.”
If the planets aligned, Townsend is convinced Bobo would opt for Sydney over the Reds, even though he reputedly would earn far more in south Australia.
Sydney would have to shoehorn him under the cap at around $300,000, with Adelaide possibly in a position to double that.
However, Townsend insisted: “I’d be surprised if Bobo came back and went to another club.
“He knows Sydney, his kids were at school here and I believe he would come back for the lifestyle and not necessarily the money.
“I think we’d be a far more obvious landing place for him if he wanted to come back to Australia.”
With one visa spot still available, Sydney are looking to replace the pace and penetration of long-term injury casualty Trent Buhagiar, as well as conjuring a lift in morale going into Saturday’s derby against Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium.
They were booed off after their insipid 3-1 home loss to Wellington at the weekend, with Townsend promising “a response” against Marcus Babbel’s team.
“We’re not panicking ... we’re still third on the ladder and a couple of weeks back were arguably the better side against Melbourne Victory (in a 2-1 loss) who everybody is hailing as some sort of unstoppable force,” said Townsend.
“We have confidence in the squad and in the manager (Steve Corica).
“It’s interesting how some people tend to forget (the recent past).
“The emotion of losing is not great and it’s understandable that fans will get upset.
“That’s good because what makes the club special is that they expect to see us win.”
Townsend said he understood the motivation of some fans booing the team off at Kogarah Oval, but wouldn’t condone it.
“I don’t like to see that but I think that’s probably from the minority really,” he added.
“To be fair, the performance was probably worthy of a boo, not that I’m a fan of booing.
“I can sort of understand why fans are unhappy. It wasn’t a great performance but those same players gave those fans a hell of a lot of joy over the last two seasons, so they probably deserve a bit more respect than that.
“The fans pay their money and our entitled to their opinion and we just get on with it.
“If we were to lost next week it wouldn’t be great but it wouldn’t be the end of the world either.
“It’s a long season and we’ve got Asian Champions League as well. We’ve got a good bunch of guys who hate to lose and I’m sure you will see a response on Saturday.”