Clinching Sipho Mbule’s signature won’t come cheap for local sides Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer, who are thought to be keen on the SuperSport United star.
The midfielder is currently enjoying what is quite possibly his best season since signing for Matsatsantsa in 2017 and is poised to be part of the Tokyo Olympics squad in the coming months while also on the Bafana Bafana radar.
Mbule is in camp with the senior national team at the moment and was on the bench during Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Ghana in the crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and will travel to Sudan for the decisive encounter on Sunday.
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Stan Matthews, the SuperSport CEO, recently told the Siya crew that the club would be open to selling Mbule locally only if the player does not get a move abroad after the Olympics, which is their first preference.
Mbule has an international buy-out clause.
But that’s not the only reason why interested parties, among them Downs and Amakhosi, will have to fork out big money to land him – SuperSport plan to exercise his added option to guarantee he does not leave a free agent.
The 23-year-old’s contract expires in June next year, meaning he could sign a pre-contract with a club of his choice six months earlier or SuperSport could be forced to sell him at a cut price, but triggering the option which gives the club bargaining power.
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