Carlos Tevez, who is close to being confirmed as a Shanghai Shenhua player on a staggering deal, could stand between Brisbane Roar and a spot in the AFC Champions League group stage early next year.
According to reports, the Argentine ace and former Manchester United striker – currently with Boca Juniors - is edging closer to signing a contract worth an eye-watering AUD$1m plus (615,000 pounds) per week with the Shanghai club, which is managed by former Chelsea star and Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.
If the deal goes through, Roar will likely come face-to-face with the ex-United, Juventus and Man City striker in the final play-off match to qualify for next year’s ACL group stage.
However, Roar first must overcome either Global FC of the Philippines or Singapore’s Tampines Rovers at Suncorp Stadium on January 31, with the Hyundai A-League club a clear favourite to win against either.
If John Aloisi’s side is successful, they’ll head to Shanghai a week later to potentially take on Tevez in a Shenhua shirt.
What an occasion that will be, especially for defensive duo Luke DeVere and Jade North.
DeVere has been in excellent form so far in the 2016/17 Season, with talk he might be in contention for a recall to the Caltex Socceroos' upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March.
If DeVere could shackle the world’s highest-paid player and someone of Tevez’s pedigree, it would only strengthen his claims of a return to the national team for those crucial qualifiers against Iraq away and UAE at home in March.
Tevez would not be the only big name Roar will face should they get a shot at Shenhua.
The Chinese side also contains former Chelsea striker Demba Ba and Nigerian marksman Obafemi Martins.
And continuing the Chelsea theme, Blues skipper John Terry has also been linked with a move to the cashed-up club.
Terry, 36, has hardly played for Antonio Conte’s league-leading EPL side this season and is unlikely to be offered a new deal in London, strengthening the chances of blazing a trail for Englishman in China's Super League.
How would Roar’s Caltex Socceroo striker Jamie Maclaren fare against the former England skipper?
If all goes to plan, this will be fascinating viewing on February 8 in Shanghai.