TRANSFER REVIEW: The Deals That Didn’t Happen
The Biggest Transfer Deals That Were Not Completed In July/August
With the transfer window having slammed shut just over a week ago, we take a look at some of the biggest deals that failed to materialise, despite players being linked with moves elsewhere.
Unsuccessful negotiations are commonplace in the transfer market and players’ importance to their clubs, transfer fees, personal terms, failed medicals and losing the race to other clubs all play a role in a player not signing his name on the dotted line with his would-be suitors. These are the most prominent deals that didn’t go through in Mzansi in the 2017 August/July transfer window.
Click through the images above to see which major transfer deals failed to materialise over the recently closed transfer window.
Brockie was linked with a move away from SuperSport United to Mamelodi Sundowns, amongst other clubs, with the Brazilians reportedly offering a large transfer fee in exchange for his services. However, the move failed to materialise.
The Colombian’s future with Mamelodi Sundowns has been put under question for almost a year now. He was linked with a move to Orlando Pirates and to Kaizer Chiefs, but, when all was said and done, he remained as part of Pitso Mosimane’s squad.
With less than a year remaining on his contract, Billiat is still yet to agree to an extension and was linked with a move to Saudi Arabia and was even reported to head in the other direction after George Lebese joined the Brazilians from Kaizer Chiefs. However, with a potential move now off the cards until January at least.
Mamelodi Sundowns made three bids for the Cape Town City winger, but the Mother City outfit made it clear that he was not for sale an turned them all down.
Shongwe found himself out of favour with Gavin Hunt at Bidvest Wits and was linked with a move to Orlando Pirates, but ultimately ended up at Golden Arrows days before the transfer window closed.
The former Black Leopards midfielder, who’s widely considered as one of the finest talents in the country, has long been linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, but, ultimately, Baroka FC jumped at the opportunity to secure his signature and he took to the field against Orlando Pirates just hours after commencing negotiations with Bakgaga.
Also considered as one of the finest young talents in the country, Bidvest Wits CEO, Jose Ferreira made clear that he would not negotiate with any local team for a potential transfer. A move to Egyptian giants Al Ahly was confirmed on Thursday and he has now become the first South African to play in Egypt.
Maritzburg United striker, Evans Rusike has been linked with a move away from the club for some time, has emerged as one of the club’s standout stars. He was previously linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs but was the subject of Orlando Pirates’ interest in the recently closed transfer window. However, the move never materialised and he remains on the books at the Team of Choice. He has also subsequently signed a new deal with the club.
The Bidvest Wits defender, who was nominated for the 2017 PSL Player of the Year, was reportedly targeted as the ideal player to shore up Pirates’ backline. A move seemed unlikely and the links eventually dissipated and the Bafana Bafana star remains a key player in Gavin Hunt’s plans for the 2017/18 season.
The former Ajax Cape Town defender had all but completed a move to Scotland, with Celtic having agreed to a deal with the Urban Warriors. However, a foot injury saw him fail his medical and eventually Ajax allowed him to join Mamelodi Sundowns.
Which of the above transfers do you think could still happen in the future?