Nine possible A-League marquee targets

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Which football stars could be lured Down Under next season?

With Keisuke Honda's Melbourne Victory stint done and dusted, the A-League's collective attention now turns to which high-profile player they can make their next marquee. 

From players ending long stints with European clubs to big names looking for one final challenge, there are a few potential marquees floating around.

Check out our possible candidates below...

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    Franck Ribery

     Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has already made the call, but Franck Ribery will take some convincing to get to the A-League.

    The 36-year-old has played his final game for Bayern Munich and has signalled his intent to play on. 

    Considering his solid form in the Bundesliga and profile, Ribery will demand wages that make a move to Australia unlikely.

    But in the words of Babbel: "If you want to earn a lot of money then go to Qatar...but if you want to be a rock star, then you have to come to Australia."

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    Daniele De Rossi

    A World Cup winner and Serie A legend, Daniele De Rossi has departed Roma with the club revealing he has plans to pursue a new adventure away from Rome.

    The 35-year-old midfielder has aged well and is certainly capable of doing a job in the A-League. 

    Could he follow in the footsteps of Alessandro Del Piero and find his way to Australia

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    Yaya Toure

    Despite his agent claiming otherwise, former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has stressed he's not yet retired.

    But after barely playing over the last year, time is quickly running out for him to continue his club career and the A-League might be an easy way for him to bow out on a high.

    Though past his best, Toure's technical ability would set him apart and he'd certainly be capable of getting crowds. 

    If a club was to sign him, let's just hope they don't forget his birthday cake...

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    Fernando Torres

    Having come close to joining Sydney FC last season, Fernando Torres is a name that might be worth revisiting.

    Torres has been struggling in Japan with Sagan Tosu and is without a goal across 12 appearances this campaign. 

    His contract will expire early next year and it wouldn't hurt giving the Spanish striker another call over the coming months. 

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    Peter Crouch

    Coming off contract with Burnley after barely featuring this season, Peter Crouch could be another name worth revisiting.

    The 38-year-old striker has been previously linked with moves to Australia with his personality nearly a bigger draw card than his footballing ability these days. 

    Crouch now has his own podcast and a strong social media presence meaning he'll turn heads one way or another should he play in the A-League. 

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    Shinji Okazaki

    After Keisuke Honda's stint, could the A-League land another Japanese star in Shinji Okazaki?

    The 33-year-old striker has confirmed his departure from Leicester City after failing to score across 21 cameo appearances this season. 

    A Premier League winner with the Foxes, Okazaki could still have another season or two in Europe but is well worth tapping on the shoulder. 

     

  7. Mile Jedinak

    The former Socceroos captain helped Aston Villa recently return to the Premier League but he has fallen down the pecking order under new manager Dean Smith. 

    Out of contract, Jedinak's future in England remains unclear and the 34-year-old could still have a significant impact in the A-League. 

    Macarthur Bulls reportedly want him as their marquee man when they're introduced to the competition, but why shouldn't another club jump on him now?

    The Mariners could certainly benefit from Jedinak's return next season. 

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    Arjen Robben

    The 35-year-old joins Ribery in farewelling Bayern this season and is also a prime candidate to try to lure to the A-League.

    Unlike Ribery, Robben admits he's considering retirement after recent struggles with injury. 

    "It is not an easy decision to make. If you decide that you are going to keep playing, you have to find a place where everything is just right, not just in terms of football but also for my family," Robben said recently.

    Those comments seemingly making a move to Australia fairly unlikely, even if he was to play on. 

  9. Obafemi Martins

    The 34-year-old striker is without a club after parting ways with Shanghai Shenhua and was linked with a possible move to Wellington Phoenix late last year.

    Martins is keen to play on and proved prolific in China scoring 32 goals and providing nine assists across 59 appearances.

    The Nigerian himself could also be keen to play in another country having previously represented clubs in Italy, England, Germany, Russia, Spain and America. 

    The Nix in particular could use his goals after recently losing Roy Krishna.