The Western Sydney Wanderers' on-field success has reportedly attracted interest from potential buyers, while the A-League's AFC Champions League spots have also increased
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
The suitors are coming thick and fast for A-League newboys the Western Sydney Wanderers, with Football Federation Australia reportedly receiving enquiries from both home and overseas for a potential sale of the club.
The FFA-owned Wanderers are on an 11-match unbeaten run - 10 of those being wins - which has sparked ownership interests from multiple sources, according to the Australian Financial Review.
FFA chief executive officer David Gallop said a sale would be the likely path for Tony Popovic's side, with the former National Rugby League boss claiming the Parramatta club could be worth $20m.
"Our intention is to sell it, but there is no rush," Gallop told the newspaper.
"Yes, we have had approaches from here and abroad for the club but they have been preliminary approaches.
"We are still deciding on what [sale] model is best. It could be that we look at a hybrid model where there is some sort of fan ownership involvement."
The appeal for any potential Wanderers suitors is of course the AFC Champions League, with the Western Sydney club on course to seal their spot in the continental competition should they win the Premiers' Plate.
Failing that, they could also qualify by winning the A-League grand final, with Gallop claiming the Asian Football Confederation have reinstated a second automatic spot from the Australian top flight for the 2014 competition. A third A-League team could also make the main draw should they progress through the qualifying round.
Gallop claimed the Wanderers' high-flying form had seen their off-field costs cut significantly, making for all the more positive reading for potential buyers.
He claimed the club was set for a loss of about AU$1m, half of what was projected, and Gallop said it was due to the team's resounding success on the pitch.
"There's no doubt the Wanderers have been the most successful club in any Australian sport this year," Gallop said.
"From a standing start last April they have been such a success it seems they have been part of the competition for a decade, rather than just a few months."