Torrealba closer to Chiefs move


Torrealba and his agent Jose Aguirre are understood to be in talks with Amakhosi today.

But Amakhosi manager Bobby Motaung remained cagey when questioned by Kick about a meeting between the former Mamelodi Sundowns hitman and his agent yesterday.

"As soon as we have something to tell the media, we will let them know. At the moment I don't want to talk about Chiefs signing Torrealba," Motaung said.

Speculation about the 27-year-old joining the Naturena-based outfit has been well publicised in the local media.

However, now that the dust, apart from the financial aspect, has settled on the Venezuelan's court battle with the Brazilians, the only possible hitch to a deal with Chiefs is the fact that Amakhosi currently have their full quota of foreign players for the 2007/08 season.

Chiefs already have five foreigners on their books in Tinashe Nengomasha, Jonathan Quartey, Markus Bocskor, Onismor Bhasera and Rotson Kilambe, and according to the PSL rules they will not be able to sign another foreigner this season, even if they do sell one of the above mentioned players during the January transfer window.

A more likely scenario is Torrealba signing a pre-contract with Amakhosi before playing the rest of the season with another club, either locally or abroad.

Indeed, Torrealba has also been linked with Platinum Stars, one of a very few clubs who could afford the Venezuelan.

Stars’ CEO Larry Brookstone also revealed to this week that they are desperately in need of a striker, as Simba Marumo and Henrico Botes are both injured, and Phumudzo Manenzhe is yet to reproduce the sort of form that him a household name during his time at Orlando Pirates.

Add to this the fact that Platinum Stars only have four foreigners on their books, and are in dire need of points to move away from the relegation zone, and it is possible they could make a deal that would see them take the striker on loan until the end of the season.