Melbourne Victory has already seen the departure of Johnny Warren medalist, Marco Rojas, and international marquee, Marcos Flores since the end of last season. 

With Mitch Nichols being the only new signing this pre-season, it would appear that Melbourne Victory have taken one step forward, and two very large steps back with their squad list before the commencement of the new season in October.

Melbourne had been in talks with Greek international Giorgos Karagounis however, he has recently quashed any possibility of a move to Australia after signing a one-year deal with current club Fulham.

Since losing out on securing Karagounis, new transfer rumours have formedv in the shape of controversial Serie A striker, Fabrizio Miccoli. The 34-year-old was unable to help Palermo avoid relegation last season with the Rosanero finishing in 18th position last season.

In the 179 games Miccoli played for Palermo, he scored a total of 81 goals, an impressive tally by any measure. However, it is off the field where Miccoli has been less impressive, resulting in a stripping of his captaincy. 

It was revealed earlier this year that Miccoli had been connected with the Mafia and was under investigation for extortion after allegedly asking Mauro Lauricella, son of mob boss, Antonino Lauricella, to get some money owed to him by a nightclub.

The A-League has come far from being a place where once elite players could extend their careers a few years longer by settling in a lesser competition. 

Since the days of unsuccessful marquee players, including but not limited to Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler, the league has seen an injection of big players and international legends proving their worth. 

Last season alone saw the inclusion of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey, and Shinji Ono.

Despite their success in the league, Melbourne Victory are yet to have had the level of success other clubs have enjoyed with their international marquee players. 

Missing from their structure is a new attacking partner for long time fan favourite Archie Thompson. Whether it be Miccoli who fills the void, or someone else entirely, there is not much time left to find the missing link.

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