The Johor FA is making an ambitious bid to sign veteran Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme according to the Star.
Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim who has just taken over as president of the Johor FA, tweeted that they will be offering a contract to Riquelme upon receiving information that he would not be renewing his contract with Argentine giants, Boca Juniors.
According to the Star source, Johor FA has identified Riquelme as a marquee signing to lead Johor in the Premier League next season. This news will not come as a surprise as Fiorentina legend, Gabriel Batistuta has just been appointed as the new adviser to the Johor FA.
Besides Riquelme, Tunku Ismail is also reported to be looking at other options such as Andres D’Alessandro, David Trezeguet and even Michael Owen.
Singapore legend Fandi Ahmad signed a three-year contract earlie this year with the Johor FA to serve as their Techincal Director of Football.
The ambitious bid for Riquelme signals the return of an era in Malaysian football when they were able to attract big names in European football such as Chris Kiwomya and Tony Cottee in the 90’s.