It’s clear that Chiefs are looking to rebuild their squad to be more competitive next year, and after signing Siyethemba Sithebe from AmaZulu on a pre-contract, reports also suggest Amakhosi bosses have made a breakthrough in signing Yusuf Maart.
It has been reported that a transfer figure of just under R6-million was settled upon, although it remains to be seen if there were any additions to this deal. There could also be certain performance-based clauses involved that could see him increasingly earn more at Amakhosi.
The two clubs are effectively believed to have met somewhere in the middle after the initial offer came in at R3-million, while the contract is set to be on a three-year deal.
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Chiefs have been linked with a host of players as they look to rebuild the squad under the leadership of head coach Arthur Zwane. It’s been recently reported that Bafana Bafana attacker Pule Mmodi is one of the latest to join their target list, although Golden Arrows do have the option of triggering a one-year extension on his contract.
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.
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According to Soccer Laduma, insiders have revealed that both parties have met, and that key negotiations are set to continue in earnest, with Chiefs believed to be ready to meet the demands of Arrows.
Interestingly, Mmodi recently opened up about the links to Chiefs in an exclusive interview with iDiski Times.
“I’ve just read things in the newspapers, saying I’ve signed with Chiefs and all this stuff but you know how it can be. I’ve not had any contact with anyone, I still need to make a decision about me moving to the next team after meeting with the Chairlady.
“Kaizer Chiefs… I never supported them growing up, I never supported any team but I’m attracted to Chiefs as it’s a good team for me. I can be one of them [as part of the rebuild],” he said.
It remains to be seen if Mmodi will be part of the Chiefs’ rebuilt squad
Amakhosi fans will also be increasingly excited by talks that reported target Sibusiso Vilakazi could be leaving Sundowns.
This week it was confirmed that Mamelodi Sundowns have officially parted ways with former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka after just two seasons.
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Now, according to FARPost, the latest departure is expected to be that of Sibusiso Vilakazi, who has been at the club since 2016 after joining from Bidvest Wits.
The report states that Vilakazi’s contract expires at the end of June, and apparently Sundowns have decided not to exercise their option to extend.
The Soweto giants recently confirmed that Zitha Kwinika and Ashley du Preez are soon set to make the move to Naturena as of the 1st of July.
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Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Kobamelo Kodisang could still quite possibly make a move to Kaizer Chiefs despite his overseas club triggering a two-year contract option. There has been talk that Braga intend to loan Kodisang out to the lower division, which is not an appealing prospect for the former Bidvest Wits playmaker who moved to Braga three years ago. It’s since been suggested that Naturena could be a potential destination if Kodisang does leave the Portuguese side.
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According to reports in Ghana, Amakhosi have apparently made contact with Asante Kotoko over 20-year-old Cameroon striker Franck Mbella, while leading agent Mike Makaab has suggested there are key talks on the go with three players.
Chiefs have clearly indicated there will be ‘drastic’ changes to ensure they become a more well-rounded team next season, and according so Soccer Laduma, the club may be closing in on Swallows duo Kamohelo Mahlatsi and Dillon Solomons.
Furthermore, Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder Fabrice Ngoma has reportedly been offered to Amakhosi as a free agent, while the club has apparently reignited interest in recruiting former SA youth international Thabo Cele, who currently plays for Polish side Radomiak Radom.
All this transfer talk comes as Chiefs released as many as 10 players, while transfer-listing Anthony Akumu.