Mamelodi Sundowns patient in pursuit of Bidvest Wits' Sibusiso Vilakazi

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Sundowns have the edge in their pursuit of Vilakazi as they have the players that Wits need to cream the deal that will eventually put to rest the one move that has been long awaited since the 26-year-old indicated his desire to leave Sturrock Park.

Several meetings that have also now even involved Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe and the Wits top brass have still led to no agreement to date.

Wits have indicated who they want from Chloorkop for the switch to happen as a swap deal, with Cuthbert Malajila the prime target, but The Brazilians have so far shown resistance to that proposal.

Sizwe Nzimande, the Sundowns chief executive explains.

“Sbu is a great player and I think there is no team in this country that would not want to have him in their books. But like with all things there is a threshold. We, as Mamelodi Sundowns, our technical team has expressed their interest in the boy to the board sub-committee since we have a board sub-committee that handles these matters and we have engaged like everybody else. However, until such a time that we feel there is a deal on the table that makes it worthwhile we are obviously in limbo and I am sure this will apply to all other teams that are also interested that it really is at the end of the day the prerogative of the seller to put something on the table that would be appealing,” says Nzimande.

Nzimande also acknowledges that Wits have already made known their standing that they would want this deal to involve players coming in the opposite direction.

“Yes that is correct,” he agrees.

Will this be where you are not agreeing on the choice of players that they want to be a part of this deal?

“For us we always have to look at who their choice of players are and then consult with the technical team and say these are the players that Wits want for Vilakazi. Do you think it is doable? Then we will look at the commercial value of that player and say does that make commercial sense or not. Then we look at the value of those players in relation to the deal,” he says.