Negotiations between Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town for the services of Rivaldo Coetzee are heating up, as the July/August transfer window draws closer.
In issue number 1023 of Soccer Laduma, the Siya crew broke the news that Sundowns have officially entered into talks with the Urban Warriors and will negotiate for the services of their Bafana Bafana defender.
The Siya crew has spoken to both the player’s representative, Mike Makaab and Ajax chairman, Ari Efstathiou and it has been confirmed that Sundowns are in talks with both the Urban Warriors as well as the player’s camp about a possible move.
The 20-year-old scooped two awards at the club’s annual Premier Soccer League awards ceremony, taking home both the Player Of The Season and Player’s Player Of The Season accolade on Saturday, May 20. However, indications are that the player’s time with the Cape Town-based club is nearing an end.
There are suggestions that Sundowns want the player, although Efstathiou is currently in the Netherlands with the Ajax U19 team and indications are that he will discuss a possible European move for the player while abroad.
As it stands, the Bafana international’s future has not yet been decided on, although his proposed move will be one of the hottest talking points in the upcoming July/August transfer window.
Coetzee’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current 2016/17 season, however, the player has an added two-year option on his contract with the Urban Warriors, which is yet to be exercised.
In the unlikely case that Ajax opt against exercising the added two-year option, Coetzee will be able to join the Brazilians on a free transfer at the end of the season.
However, should Ajax exercise the added two-year option, Sundowns will then have to meet the club’s asking price and is believed that the Urban Warriors will not let their star player go for a cheap fee.