It’s been widely reported for quite some time that Bafana Bafana attacker Pule Mmodi is one of the latest stars to join Kaizer Chiefs’ target list, although he has already begun pre-season training with Golden Arrows in recent days as negotiations seem to have hit a stumbling block.
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If Arrows are keen on selling the player, it will remain to be seen what valuation is placed on the playmaker, and whether that dissuades Chiefs at all. According to iDiski Times, Arrows are actually seeking ‘less than R3-million’ as his current contract expires at the end of the 2022/2023 season, and he would be free to sign for any team in the next January window.
On Monday, Arrows bid farewell to several players, but Mmodi’s name was notably not among the player departures.
According to a report on Soccer Laduma, their sources have stated that the playmaker could well be set to remain at the KwaZulu-Natal club, with talks apparently having reached a deadlock.
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The report further states that the parties apparently haven’t been able to agree on the asking price for the attacker, although a potentially ‘final’ decision could be made in the near future.
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It remains to be seen if Mmodi could eventually be part of Chiefs’ rebuilt squad
Mmodi’s agent Solomon Seobe has recently said talks are ongoing between Chiefs and Arrows, but there would still appear to be quite a bit of work required before any deal materialises.
“The last year starts on the first of July. So he’s not a free agent,” Seobe confirmed to iDiski Times in Edition 60. “AmaZulu contacted me and I spoke to them, they wanted him but after they saw in the media that Chiefs are after him they eased their interest a bit.
“We don’t know what’s happening between Arrows and Chiefs, we think they are still talking – there’s nothing from Pirates at the moment, that I can say.
“With regard to transfer fees, that’s between Chiefs and Arrows, if they agree on a fee then I’ll enter to talk personal terms. I think this week I will get clarity about where he’s going because he’s reporting for pre-season this week and we’ll be able to get more information.”
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Interestingly, SABC Sport reported last month that Arrows remain willing to make the deal happen, and may have given Chiefs the first option to sign the Bafana Bafana playmaker.
“The first club that we have been talking to about Mmodi is Kaizer Chiefs and they continue to have a first option on this deal,” a sourced stated in the SABC Sport article. “They have shown a serious interest from the word go and it’s only fair that, we give him the first option.
“We will only start considering other offers only when nothing comes out of these negotiations but for now, we will have keep it there.”
The article also states that Arrows are “very keen” to sell in this upcoming season, otherwise Mmodi could end up leaving on a free transfer only in June next year.
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