Daniele de Rossi has been tipped to make a surprise move to Argentina after calling curtains on a legendary Roma career this past weekend.
The midfielder had been with Roma, his hometown club, for 18 years, becoming one of the most beloved figures at the Gaillorossi during his tenure before bidding a tearful farewell on Sunday.
Given his age, some wondered whether the 35-year-old would retire altogether, but De Rossi has decided to continue his playing career elsewhere.
And former team-mate Nicolas Burdisso is trying to lure the Italian to Boca Juniors, claiming that the erstwhile Roma captain is open to the move.
Burdisso played alongside De Rossi at Roma for five years and is now the sporting director at the famed Argentine club.
He says several leading players have spoken of their desire to play for Boca, but De Rossi may be the first one to actually make the switch.
“The fact that many players want to come here fills me with pride, many important players are interested in playing in Boca Juniors, but desire is one thing, reality is something else. Daniele’s situation is different,” ex-Argentina international Burdisso told Fox Sports.
“He is a friend and I talk to him every day. He has always shown his willingness to come here.
“I talked to him until a few days ago, then I left him alone because he had his farewell game.
“I told him we would like to have it with us and we’ll talk again these days.”
Boca Juniors are the most successful club in Argentine history, having won 68 domestic trophies, though in terms of league titles they are second in the all-time list behind fierce Buenos Aires rivals River Plate.