Register Login Live


De Reuck Sale Stumbling Block!

The Siya crew has it on good authority that Mamelodi Sundowns had Rushine De Reuck on their sights before their most recent shopping spree. 

Indications are that the Brazilians made contact with Maritzburg United twice over their willingness to sell last season’s best defender, but have been spooked by the asking price. Siya sources have informed the crew that the Team of Choice’s valuation of the player is much higher than the initial R5-million fee Sundowns may have been prepared to fork out.   

Read: Chiefs' Back Up Plan After CAS Snub 

Downs, according to sources, reached out to Maritzburg on two occasions during the bio-bubble in what has been described as informal talks over a potential sale. Until late last week, Sundowns had confirmed the arrival of 13 new players and none of them were centre backs, which still left the door open for further negotiations with Maritzburg for De Reuck. 

But the Brazilians have since signed Brian Onyango on a three-year contract to beef up their rearguard, which casts doubt on whether they are still keen on his ex-Maritzburg teammate moving to Chloorkop this season.

Although he was unveiled by Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in his absence, Onyango was then subsequently spotted at Chloorkop, where he spent two weeks prior to being confirmed as their new signing. It seems to have been a viable option for Downs, while Maritzburg are thought to have been holding out for more than R5-million for De Reuck. 

If Downs have backtracked on their interest – for now, this may be an indication that Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs would have to battle out for the player’s signature – but only the Buccaneers can sign him this season. 

Amakhosi have been hit with a two-window transfer ban by FIFA and won’t be able to register new players until 1 July 2021, so that immediately rules them out. If he is not sold before then, the Glamour Boys have a shot at a later stage. 

Read: Khoza Re-Elected, 2 New Faces In PSL Exco

Pirates, whose interest in De Reuck was reported by the Siya crew last year, had made signing a goalkeeper and centre back the club’s top priority this season, with Richard Ofori and De Reuck, amongst others, emerging as targets.   

The Buccaneers signed shot-stopper, Ofori, last month from Maritzburg and there was talk that De Reuck could partner Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo in central defence, following his move from the now-defunct Bidvest Wits. 

But De Reuck was tied to a long-term contract by Maritzburg just before Christmas last year, meaning that his future remains in the club’s hands and they can dictate his value, which may very well have held back any potential deal this season!  

Story by @superjourno

De Reuck is in camp with Bafana and was part of the team that visited Senzo Meyiwa's burial site...

Inside Bafana’s Preparations For Crunch Encounter

Breaking: Pirates Confirm Capture Of DRC International Striker

Dolly’s Message To Pitso Ahead Of CL Final


Top 5

Downs To Hijack Chiefs Deal?

217 Mar 29, 2021 10:53 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Richest African Footballers In The World, Past & Present

7 Mar 11, 2021 07:19 PM in African Football

PSL Players Who Have Qualified For AFCON

14 Mar 29, 2021 11:59 AM in PSL

10 SA Players Silently Making Their Mark Abroad

Mar 29, 2021 01:54 PM in Players Abroad

32 Players You May Have Forgotten Played For Downs

38 Apr 08, 2021 08:01 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

15 Of Chiefs' Best Foreign Signings

47 Apr 07, 2021 05:00 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

All Eight Teams To Have Qualified For CAFCL Quarters

68 Apr 10, 2021 11:30 PM in African Football

Official: Chiefs Qualify For CAF CL Quarter-Finals

755 Apr 10, 2021 10:52 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Imminent Changes In Bucs Goalie Department

97 Apr 07, 2021 07:56 AM in Orlando Pirates

Nine Chiefs Players Not Going To AFCON

102 Mar 29, 2021 03:22 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Confirmed: Manyisa's Next Destination Revealed

47 Mar 30, 2021 04:00 PM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News