Mamelodi Sundowns are believed to be going for the jugular as they prepare to raid crosstown rivals SuperSport United for two of their superstars!
Indications are that the Brazilians will stop at nothing to lure Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule to Chloorkop, though SSU chief executive officer Stan Matthews has in the past made it clear that the club’s priority is to sell both players abroad.
According to Siya sources, Downs could be lining up a monster bid to convince their Tshwane counterparts otherwise – and knowing how the Premier Soccer League’s big spenders operate, the offer, should it be tabled, will be lucrative.
The Siya crew reported last year that Aubrey Modiba, the most recent player to move from SSU to Downs, was bought for the whopping figure of around R12-million.
With the demand around Mokoena and Mbule, you can expect a similar evaluation for each of them if not higher.
Matthews was not immediately available for comment at the time of publishing, but he’s made it no secret in the past that the mandate is to get the duo to Europe, especially with the Olympics starting next month in Japan.
Mokoena and Mbule, who both have an international buy-out clause in their contracts, are currently part of the 40-man preliminary squad for the multi-sport event in Tokyo, which coach David Notoane will trim down to 22 in the coming days.
There has been talk that Kaizer Chiefs is also keen on the two players in their own efforts to revive their squad when their FIFA transfer ban is finally lifted on July 1.
So, it remains to be seen whether SSU will cave in and be enticed by a potentially massive offer from Downs even before the Olympics!
As things stand, Matsatsantsa are keen to see the duo shine abroad.
Story by @superjourno
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