Mamelodi Sundowns are heading into a third successive transfer window with their interest in Aubrey Modiba still intact, but it has been explained to the Siya crew why the pursuit is genuine this time around.
Downs’ began asking questions about the SuperSport United utility player prior to the start of the 2019/20 season and when nothing materialised then, the reigning Absa Premiership champions stepped it up a gear in January.
“I am happy that we did the right thing and we approached them for the player and it was not successful. Maybe Sundowns can explain what happened because I don’t do transfers. I only ask if I can have this player or the other one,” confirmed Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane at the time, with Modiba also signing a new contract at SuperSport.
The Siya crew now understands that Matsatsantsa have had budget cuts and their kitty will not be what it used to be going into the 2020/21 season.
Covid-19 might have also impacted the club’s financial status – and though there were no salary cuts for staff and players, its believed the door is open for Modiba and another one of their star assets – Teboho Mokoena – to be sold.
Both have been on Downs’ wanted list, with the Siya crew reporting last week that coach Pitso Mosimane’s side has now made a fresh approach in an attempt to land Modiba’s signature for the upcoming season.
The transfer fee will have to be substantial given that the player put pen to paper on a new deal to run until June 2024 to fend off interest from Sundowns six months ago, while Mokoena’s contract would expire 12 months earlier.
Budget cuts have often done the trick in persuading clubs to sell to their rivals, and this situation will be no different. Should Downs match the asking price for Modiba, you can expect ‘The Postman’ to be at Chloorkop next season.
Story by @superjourno
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