A club official has confirmed that David Trezeguet agreed a one-year contract to join the UAE club before leaving the Emirates to return to France on Tuesday.
Trezeguet agrees one-year Baniyas deal
Details of the deal will most likely be made available next week, according to one club official, with the 1998 World Cup winner rumoured to be in line for a payout of around €1.7 million (Dh9.1m) for his services.
Trezeguet, who scored the winning goal to help France beat Italy in the final of Euro 2000, flew out of the Emirates after concluding negotiations with club officials, and is expected to return to Abu Dhabi within the coming days to link up with his new teammates.
"Over the next few days he will fly to Paris, and between the 5th and 6th September, he will be here [Abu Dhabi], ready to play," said Antonio Caliendo.
"We signed a one-year deal just because David wanted to see if his family will be ok here, in a very different reality from the recent past."
The prolific former Monaco frontman will be paired in the attack with Andre Senghor, the Senegalese who led the league in goals last season with 18.
The thought of two such potent goalscorers in unison will no doubt give the country's top-flight defenders real cause for concern as Baniyas look to improve on last season's second-place finish behind the runaway champions, Al Jazira.
Trezeguet arrives on a free transfer after parting ways with the Spanish club Hercules, who were relegated from the Primera Liga last season despite Trezeguet's 12 league goals.
Before going to Spain at the start of last season, he spent 10 seasons with the Italian side, Juventus, scoring 138 goals in 245 matches.