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Secret Agent: Pirates Would Be Silly Not To…

Thembinkosi Lorch might have been a one-season wonder, says the secret agent.

As previously reported by the Siya crew, the Orlando Pirates talisman has emerged as a target for rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

Speaking to Soccer Laduma, one of the country’s top representatives weighed it on the likelihood of “Nyoso” moving to Chloorkop next season, though a Downs insider insisted the deal would be “complicated” to pull off.  

“A lot has been said about Them­binkosi Lorch in relation to a move away from Pirates. It was known that a second division club in Europe had tabled a bid a season ago that never materialised. If he’s pushing for a move overseas, then it’s understand­able, every player has the dream to go abroad,” explained the agent, whose identity cannot be revealed.

Lorch told journalists more than a year ago that there were offers for his services abroad, but Pirates made the call not to sell him.

Belgian sides Royal Union Saint-Gil­loise and Club Brugge as well French Ligue 1 outfits Dijon Football Cote d’Or and Toulouse FC were said to have all been keen.

“Form-wise, he has dropped off. Realistically, he has had one good season if you ana­lyse the data and facts. This season, his involvement has been limited whether through injury or other per­sonal reasons. The facts are: will a European club have the same idea in terms of valuation as Pirates? The clubs who we know showed interest a year ago, will that interest still be there? Post Covid-19, there are a lot of quality players available and are contract-free in Europe,” the secret agent added.

“This will also impact on any overseas deal and make it even harder now for any SA player to go abroad if there are size­able transfer fees on their heads after Covid. Will Pirates want to sell or sell to a European club that is not really in a top league, for example? If a club in a top league showed interest, then Pirates would be silly not to con­sider it. I am sure they would (sell).

Locally, as we know, the only clubs that would spend a sizeable transfer fee for any player are Sundowns and Pirates. No other club can invest money in transfer fees. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out going forward, the way the player carries himself professionally is also integral to the jigsaw.”


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