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Modiba To SuperSport A Bargain?

SuperSport United's signing of Aubrey Modiba can be seen as a bargain, with the club having acquired the midfielder's services for less than expected for a player of his pedigree.

The 21-year-old joined the Tshwane giants in the last hours of the transfer window after parting ways with Cape Town City.

However, the fee Matsatsantsa paid for the Bafana Bafana international can be seen as low for a player of his calibre.

Modiba was said to have been monitored by English Premier League side Arsenal last season, so why would City put such a low price tag on the player's head?

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Siya sources have revealed that City got about R2 million from SuperSport for the player, which included Thato Mokeke going the other way on a season-long loan to the Mother City-based club, who will have an option to buy him outright at the end of the campaign.

The R2 million price tag is due to Modiba being in the last year of his contract with City, and the move is also an indication that he wants to ply his trade abroad in the future. To avoid the risk of losing the player on a free next year, City opted to let the player go for a lower price.

Matsatsantsa have an established European network, and Modiba could be heading in the right direction under the mentorship of coach Stuart Baxter.

"I was starting to enjoy myself at Cape Town City. I was getting used to the guys and the coach's tactics," Modiba told the Siya crew.

"But I had to make some changes in my life and it was an opportunity for me to possibly play abroad in the future, to challenge for tittles and to also face new challenges."

To read more on Modiba's move to SuperSport United, check out this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, issue number 989.

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