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Reports that the league leaders are interested in trying to bring the veteran playmaker to Australia have sparked plenty of debate, but would it be the right move for the club?

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By Iain Strachan

A-League supporters have woken on Friday to enticing quotes from a Brisbane Roar official discussing the possibility of signing Francesco Totti.

The subsequent debate on social media has been about whether or not the Giallorossi favourite -
contracted to Roma until 2015-16 - would ever consider swapping his beloved eternal city for the less historic Queensland capital.

But the issue under discussion shouldn't be whether the Italian veteran would want to leave the Stadio Olimpico or even if Roar could successfully lure him to the A-League.

The question that matters most is; should they even try?

While Alessandro Del Piero's move to Sydney FC has been a commercial success for the Sky Blues and the league in general, his impact on the pitch has been mixed.

Yes, the former Juventus star has won games by himself on occasion, but he's also made the team too dependent on his presence, and papered over the cracks of an unbalanced squad.

The Roar in recent seasons have gone down the opposite road - scouting and signing hidden gems like Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha, producing a steady supply of home-grown talent and augmenting it with effective, reliable professionals.

With Berisha set to leave for Melbourne Victory at the end of the season, the Roar have some thinking to do. They need to replace the goals they will lose when the Albanian heads south.

Spending a fortune to prise 37-year-old Totti away from a Roma team which may be playing Champions League football next season is not the way to do it.

If they were to go after Totti, there would also be the small matter of what to do about Thomas Broich, the Roar's current international marquee, a key player who is under contract until 2017.

The only viable route to bringing in the former Italy international would be to downgrade Broich's marquee status, an expensive and potentially counterproductive exercise given the two players' relative similarities.  

Examining the remarks made by Chris Fong more closely, it appears the Roar vice-chairman may have merely been playing up to his audience.

"It would be great for Brisbane Roar if we could sign a great champion like Totti," he was quoted as telling Corriere dello Sport.

"He is an incredible player and everybody knows him. Del Piero has become an icon at Sydney and Francesco could achieve the same at us. He is already a legend and he will be received like a king in Australia.

"The A-League is on the rise ever since the arrival of Del Piero.

"I know that Totti means to Roma, but you never know what will happen in football."

That's right Chris, you never know. But I think we can safely say Francesco Totti probably won't be pulling on a different shade of orange any time soon, especially if the Roar want to retain their enviable status as a stable, competitive club.

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