Mamelodi Sundowns are still hopeful of signing three more players before the transfer window slams shut on August 31.
The Siya crew understands that goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, as well as his SuperSport United teammates – the midfield duo of Sipho Mbule and Teboho Mokoena –, remain their priority targets.
Downs’ interest in the trio goes back several seasons, with SSU not keen to sell Williams, their skipper, and the two players they would rather see land moves abroad instead of joining their domestic rivals.
SSU were also waiting it out to see whether Mbule and Mokoena, who both have international buy-out clauses, would catch the eye of top European scouts at the Olympics in Tokyo this year.
Williams was also at the Games as the only over-aged player.
Mbule was withdrawn from the final squad on the eve of the tournament due to “medical reasons”, while Mokoena featured in all three matches against hosts Japan, France and Mexico – scoring a wonder goal in one of the games.
But so far there’s no word yet on whether he did enough to place himself on the radar of the scouts.
Kaizer Chiefs had also enquired about signing both Mbule and Mokoena, but a figure believed to be in the region of R14-million for each player put them off, while Downs – sources have indicated – could negotiate cash plus some of their fringe players with SSU to get the deal over the line.
It remains to be seen whether Matsatsantsa would be willing to weaken coach Kaitano Tembo teams by selling all three players or maybe even one of them before the window slams shut.
Those in the know have informed the Siya crew that these negotiations are likely to go right down to the wire on deadline day.
Story by @superjourno
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