Gaston Sirino’s future at Mamelodi Sundowns has again become the subject of speculation following his shock interview on Egyptian TV earlier this month.
The Uruguayan midfielder surprised all and sundry when he spoke exclusively to On Time Sports about his continued desire to leave Sundowns and reunite with former coach Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly.
Indeed, Ahly’s interest in his services has been confirmed in the past and is well documented – but the two clubs could not reach an agreement late last year.
The fact that the player had committed his long-term future at Chloorkop after signing a five-year deal a few months before Mosimane’s exit was also one of the biggest stumbling blocks to successful negotiations for the transfer.
With Sirino on holiday in his native country and granting the Egyptian broadcaster an interview, it was only natural that there would be talks around whether he was returning to Chloorkop for pre-season before the new campaign kicks off.
According to information gathered by the Siya crew, it’s understood the player had been given extended leave to attend to a family matter and was only scheduled back in Mzansi later this week – after a Covid-19 test had cleared him.
Sundowns are open to selling the player, especially given that Sirino has made it clear that he does not want to be there and wants to move to Egypt rather.
He was lambasted by co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi recently for wearing an Al Ahly shirt when the two sides came up against each other in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals over two legs – Sirino was clearly making a statement!
But the price tag remains the stumbling block – Al Ahly’s previous offer being around R35-million, which clearly wasn’t enough because the player was not sold.
Reports coming out of Egypt is that Ahly could improve their bid, but as things stand, insiders at Chloorkop have confirmed Sirino is on his way back to South Africa and expected to start training with his teammates at the AmaTuks facilities in Tshwane.
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