Chiefs & Pirates Have Common Enemies In Transfer Market?

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 02: Kermit Erasmus of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates his goal with teammates during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al-Merrikh at FNB Stadium on April 02, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 02: Kermit Erasmus of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates his goal with teammates during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al-Merrikh at FNB Stadium on April 02, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

All eyes will be on Mamelodi Sundowns to see whether they let go of out-of-favour striker Kermit Erasmus on transfer deadline day. 

Erasmus is yet to feature for Sundowns this season and as reported by the Siya crew in edition 1292, the diminutive attacker is one of the players at the Chloorkop-based looking for a move away from the club.

The rumours of the 32-year old potentially leaving the club in this current window gained momentum after the Tshwane giants allocated his jersey number 11 to new signing Marcelo Allende.  

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As exclusively reported in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma, Sundowns are open to letting go of Erasmus but only on condition that he does not join rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. 

The Siya crew also revealed last month that AmaZulu and Royal AM had shown interest in signing the former Cape Town City striker but were put off by the package he is currently on at Sundowns, if they were to negotiate a permanent deal for his services. 

Indications are that Chiefs and Pirates may have common enemies in the PSL with regards to transfer targets after a similar situation unfolded regarding former Thwihli Thwahla striker Victor Letsoalo. 

Letsoalo also wanted a move away from AM ahead of the current season, with Chiefs and Pirates showing interest, as reported by the Siya crew.  

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Amakhosi were particularly more strongly linked with the signing of Letsoalo but Royal AM priced him out of the market, with an asking price of R20 million. 

AM eventually sold Letsoalo to Sekhukhune United for a transfer fee in a region of R5 million after Chiefs were turned off by the initial exorbitant asking price when they came knocking for the Bafana Bafana striker, according to Siya sources. 

Sundowns could be more inclined to sell Erasmus on transfer deadline day, given that the 32-year is left with only one year to run on his contract, meaning he could sign a pre-contract with a club of his choice in January and leave for free at the end of the season.  

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As a result, AM could be in pole position for Erasmus' signature from that perspective, as they have shown their financial wherewithal in the market after signing defender Ricardo Nascimento and Samir Nurkovic, who were believed to be high earners at their former teams, Sundowns and Chiefs respectively. 

As indicated in the latest issue of the newspaper currently on sale, the Brazilians also have an option to mutually terminate Erasmus' contract, with the Bafana Bafana striker getting his clearance. 

The Brazilians have already terminated the contract of Slovakian striker Pavol Safranko in this transfer window, to free up a foreign spot. 

Sundowns also terminated Nascimento's contract in the January transfer window to make way for foreign signing Erwin Saavedra. 

However, the Siya crew has been led to believe that the main condition of a potential termination of contract with regards to Erasmus would be the inserting of a clause that prohibits him from joining Chiefs and Pirates. 

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