Cosmos executive: Totti signing is 'really unlikely'

New York's chief operating officer has tempered talk of the Italian legend joining the NASL side, citing roster restrictions and salary requirements.

New York Cosmos executive Erik Stover has dampened talk of signing Roma playmaker Francesco Totti, saying it is "really unlikely" the NASL club will secure a deal.

Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese told reporters last week that he had been in contact with the Italian legend, with Stover confirming that talks have taken place over the past two years.

But the Cosmos' chief operating officer conceded the second-tier club doesn't expect to reach a deal because of Totti's high salary requirements, as well as the lack of an open international roster slot on New York's roster.

"The honest truth is I think it's really unlikely under the circumstances," Stover said on the Open Wide for Some Soccer podcast Wednesday. "But he's a wonderful player who has done wonderful things in his career, and still doing it at a very high level. That's the great thing about the Cosmos — we're able to attract players of that caliber from all over the world."

Totti, 39, has four goals and two assists in 10 Serie A matches this season.