Trans­fer win­dow keeps fans guess­ing

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

With less than 48 hours to go un­til the end of the South African trans­fer win­dow, football fans world­wide are await­ing its ex­piry with bated breath.

Tues­day is D-day for trans­fers, and clubs are still busy strength­en­ing their squads.

A last-minute rush and dead­line­day panic buy­ing are ex­pected in this pe­riod – which sep­a­rates ac­tion from fan­tasy, ru­mour from truth, and win­ners from losers, as well as con­tenders from pre­tenders and, of course, the mon­eyed from the mon­ey­less.

The PSL’s win­dow pe­riod closes by the end of busi­ness to­mor­row, while the English Premier­ship’s dead­line is Tues­day at 6pm.

A source within Mamelodi Sun­downs told City Press that striker Katlego Mashego was poised to join Bid­vest Wits. The in­sider said Mashego and his rep­re­sen­ta­tives had met with the club’s man­age­ment on Fri­day as they sought to reach an agree­ment.

Another Sun­downs de­fender, Kwanda Mn­gonyama, is set to move when he re­joins Mar­itzburg United on loan again.

Though the 21-year-old did not want another loan move, he thought it might help him get game time so he could ce­ment his place in the na­tional Un­der-23 team, ac­cord­ing to his agent, Tim Sukazi.

Sukazi said Mn­gonyama was frus­trated by the turn of events at Downs when coach Pitso Mosi­mane said the SA Un­der-23 cap­tain was not in his plans.

Kaizer Chiefs have al­ready snatched Ed­ward Man­qele from Chippa United, while Ajax Cape Town have se­cured the ser­vices of 22-year-old Wits at­tack­ing midfielder Asive Langwe on a sea­son-long loan deal.

In Eng­land, Bel­gian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was yesterday in Manch­ester ahead of his £54 mil­lion (R1.1 bil­lion) switch to City.

De­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons Chelsea are still pur­su­ing the sig­na­ture of 22-year-old French midfielder Paul Pogba from Ju­ven­tus in the re­main­der of the trans­fer win­dow. But it was re­ported that the midfielder was de­mand­ing £300 000 a week.

Chelsea are also still hop­ing to se­cure the ser­vices of de­fender John Stones from Ever­ton af­ter the Tof­fees re­jected his trans­fer re­quest.

Real Madrid are ex­pected to launch one last push as they at­tempt to fi­nally get Manch­ester United goal­keeper David de Gea.

Talks be­tween Madrid and United have been dead­locked for sev­eral weeks.

Another United goal­keeper, Víc­tor Valdés, is on his way to Beşik­taş in Tur­key af­ter a fall­out with coach Louis van Gaal.

Mario Balotelli has al­ready joined for­mer club AC Mi­lan on loan from Liver­pool.

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WANTED MAN Katlego Mashego is on his way out of Mamelodi Sun­downs

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IN DE­MAND Ju­ven­tus midfielder Paul Pogba could seal a move to Chelsea

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NO DEAL Real Madrid are still pur­su­ing Manch­ester United goal­keeper David De Gea

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