Ex-Chiefs goalkeeper, in demanding millions more in salary payments, may end up having to settle for less at Downs, writes
Itumeleng Khune has alienated his former club and might have allowed his potential suitor to take him less seriously. City Press has learnt that the agile former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper’s pending move to bigspending Mamelodi Sundowns is in jeopardy and might not end up going as smoothly as initially expected.
Khune might have been misled by promises of big money, according to an insider.
After parting ways with his childhood club Chiefs, it seems that Sundowns may now also be reneging on their initial undertakings.
Khune, Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Masango were reportedly making unreasonable salary demands, which resulted in Amakhosi not extending their contracts.
The Sundowns insider said the Brazilians were now negotiating from a position of strength. As the erstwhile Bafana number one goalkeeper had been dumped by Chiefs, Sundowns were now calling all the shots.
“What he is asking for is too much and, because it has already been published, it would cause problems within the [Sundowns] team,” said the source.
“It is not like the club cannot afford to pay it, but it will divide the team.”
“The club knows that it is the only club that has a good chance of signing him because the biggest competition [Chiefs] is out of the picture now and his chances of crossing the floor to Pirates are minimal because of the history between the two teams,” the source added.
Khune is likely to find himself in a compromising situation – and desperate to agree to Sundowns’ offer. He will earn his last salary from Chiefs at the end of this month.
“They might have lured him with a big pay cheque and he was negotiating with Chiefs on the strength of what was happening with Downs.
“But he could have been misled and gotten himself into a position where he thought it was better to exit Chiefs. Now Sundowns wants to review the numbers – and you can’t blame them, because they are now negotiating from a position of power,” the insider revealed.
But the source added that there was still a huge possibility that Khune could end up at Chloorkop – even if the club did not meet his exorbitant demands.
According to reports, Khune was averaging a salary of R3.9 million a season, or R325 000 per month, and wanted an increase that would enable
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