Downs Wanted Whopping Fee For Unwanted Defender
SuperSport United may have managed to land Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Mario Booysen, for the new season, but it could’ve been on a permanent basis.
It was confirmed recently that the 27-year-old had joined Matsatsantsa on a season-long loan from Masandawana, bringing to an end weeks of negotiations between the two clubs.
Both SuperSport and the player himself were eager to try and finalise a permanent transfer for the central defender, with Stuart Baxter having been impressed by his performances during the latter half of the 2015/16 campaign where they won the Nedbank Cup, although it wasn’t to be.
As reported in this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma, Sundowns were demanding a hefty fee of R8m in return for Booysen’s signature, a fee that SuperSport were not willing to pay.
Booysen’s price tag is considerably high when looking at the fact that he played just 14 league games for Sundowns in the Absa Premiership following his move from Maritzburg United in 2014, and he spent the first half of the 2015/16 campaign in the stands.
SuperSport are likely to launch a bid to make Booysen – who teamed up with his new side last week – a permanent fixture in their side at the end of his loan spell, although it appears that they will only get their man if Sundowns lower their demands.