Word reaching the Siya crew is that Mamelodi Sundowns appear to have agreed a club fee for a player likely to fill Ricardo Nascimento’s shoes.
As reported in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma this week, Golden Arrows were hoping to hold on to defender Nkosinathi Sibisi at least until the January transfer window to give the new technical team stability at the back, but Downs are believed to be edging closer to luring him away before August 31.
Indications are that both clubs have agreed a deal for the transfer to go ahead, and it is now left to the player to agree personal terms and make the switch to Chloorkop.
Sibisi was also wanted by Orlando Pirates and it’s possible that the deal could still be hijacked if the Buccaneers make a late push for the centre back.
But with Downs’ financial muscle they probably have the edge and are eager to find a replacement for Nascimento, who is not expected to return to the club, having gone for rehabilitation in his native country, Brazil.
Nascimento is understood to have requested he be allowed to leave the club after six years and this has been agreed to in principle, although the door is open for his return.
However, should the veteran defender come back to SA it would only be next year - so he is not likely to even be registered for the first half of the new season.
With Sibisi now edging closer to a move to Sundowns, though, the chances of Nascimento’s return are diminishing!
Speaking to the media after their participation in the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Cup at the weekend, Arrows coach Lehlohonolo Seema told the media that he was hoping to still have Sibisi for the long term.
Indications now are that it’s highly unlikely with a possible transfer to the reigning DStv Premiership champions now imminent.