Melbourne Victory coach hailed the signing of Japan superstar Keisuke Honda today - and hinted there might be more big signings to come.
Victory unveiled Honda as the biggest signing in the club's history today with a one year $2.9m deal for the 32 year old forward.
The A-League Champions are rebuilding their squad after a mini exodus of talent after last season's Grand Final win over Newcastle Jets.
And Muscat said Honda would not be the last new face for next season – if they can fend off competition from rival leagues overseas.
“It’s a huge shot in the arm. Keisuke is now the fifth signing," he said. "A lot has been made of players that have left. We still haven’t finished and we still have some business to do.
"A lot of the windows in Europe will start hotting up at the moment.”
Despite the big star name and increased world focus on the club, Muscat insisted it wouldn't't change his plans for the season - and shrugged off concerns about increased pressure.
“Pressure isn’t the right word because there’s certain expectations I’ve got on myself and we’ve got as a football club,” Muscat said.
“They won’t change this season and the fact Keisuke is someone who’s known all around the world doesn’t change the way we go about things.
“We try to assemble the best possible squad to win trophies, so nothing changes for us."
But he admitted salary cap restrictions in Australia were hampering negotiations and continue to give other Asian countries an advantage.
The A-League has seen 10 Japanese players and 11 South Korean players take the field in its short history but big spending rival leagues are limiting A-League options outside of marquee signings.
Victory head into their seventh Asian Champions League campaign next season and Muscat said the salary regulations are an ongoing obstacle to A-League sides being competitive.
“We’ve got many restrictions as it is. It’s not from the lack of trying,” Muscat said after announcing the Honda capture.
“If you look at the up and coming markets in Asia, traditionally we compete against the Japanese, Koreans and China.
“(Now) the up and coming markets with Thailand and Malaysia, we can’t compete. I can only see them getting harder.”
Di Pietro said the marquee role was an important ingredient for the A-League to be successful and was adamant he and Muscat put football as the first priority.
A number of Australians including Ange Postecoglou have plied their trade in Japan and Di Pietro said relationships between the nations were growing.
“We talk about commercial aspects, there’s partnerships and exposure of the league,” Di Pietro said. “We’re in the ACL and we’ve just opened the door to significant relationships between us and Japan.
“We’re excited about that, we want to build on that and make the connection that the ACL is important to us, so let’s set the bar as high as we can.”