Although Kaizer Chiefs refuted recent reports that there was an approach for their top goalscorer, it appears they may be forced to sell Samir Nurkovic after all.
The club issued a strongly worded statement early last month pouring cold water on claims that Al Ahly and a Saudi Arabian outfit had submitted multimillion bids for the forward in attempts to lure him away from Naturena.
At the time Chiefs said no club had approached them, that they were not willing to let their top players go and were not flexible in the market because of the FIFA ban.
Their unwillingness to offload players and the flexibility part remains genuine – the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week dismissed Chiefs’ appeal to have the sanction on registering players overturned.
But Siya sources have informed the crew that Nurkovic has become unsettled by the interest from the Gulf region, most notably, Al Ahly, now coached by former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, and could force a move before the transfer window slams shut at the end of November.
He is currently injured and only expected back around December following surgery to deal with a groin injury he’d been carrying in the bio-bubble towards the end of the previous season.
The Siya crew reported in last week’s edition of Soccer Laduma that Amakhosi had already identified SuperSport United's Bradley Grobler as a replacement, but that would have only been possible if the FIFA ban was lifted by CAS.
Chiefs, who can only now recruit new faces from 1 July next year, must now make a decision on whether they want to hold on to a player that may no longer want to be part of their set-up or sell him without the means to immediately bring in a replacement for coach Gavin Hunt.
Nurkovic ended his debut season with Chiefs – under coach Ernst Middendorp, on 13 goals from 26 league games.
Story by @superjourno
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