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Gallop flags foreign bids for A-League expansion

Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop is open to foreign investors becoming involved in the A-League expansion process.

The FFA has asked global services firm Deloitte to promote the expansion process around the world, giving rise to suggestions an Andrew Bogut-style deal could be offered to lure Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta to Australia.

“It’s great to have big stars in the A-League and we’ve seen how they turn the dial with someone like [Alessandro] Del Piero,” Gallop told Macquarie Sports Radio’s Cameron Reddin.

“If we’re in the mix, we can offer a great competition and a great lifestyle. We may not be able to match the dollars, but we should at least be exploring having players like him in the A-League”.

Several Australian clubs have declared their interest in applying for an A-League license. The deadline for expressions of interest is May 24, with the licenses to be handed out on October 31.

Gallop says opening the expressions of interest to foreign investors so close to the deadline does not mean the FFA is dissatisfied with the bids they have already received.

“It just means that we are looking at a range of options,” Gallop said.

“There will be opportunities down the track to explore putting people together, perhaps to talk about a joint bid. All those things are for down the track,” he said.

Click below to hear FFA CEO David Gallop talk to Cameron Reddin about expanding the A-League, the VAR disaster and football’s new digital rights deal.