Downs are ready to sign Alexander
Mamelodi Sundowns have stepped up their pursuit of Polokwane City midfielder Cole Alexander, who they see as an ideal replacement for Bongani Zungu.
Zungu will leave the Chloorkop side at the end of the season to join Portuguese side Vitória de Guimarães on a two-year contract.
The Brazilians have moved swiftly to court the 26-year-old City midfielder.
After sign-on fee and salary, it is believed he could set Downs back about R3 million.
Although the Sundowns website quoted club chief executive Sizwe Nzimande saying they were looking for a South American midfielder, City Press can reveal Alexander is on the verge of clinching a deal with the Brazilians. The parties are close to agreeing terms.
According to the Brazilians’ website, Nzimande said the club had already found a more than suitable replacement for Zungu, as they have a South American midfielder lined up to join the side in the next transfer window.
Alexander’s contract with City is coming to an end in June and Sundowns are in pole position to land his signature.
The Brazilians are battling it out with neighbours SuperSport United for the signature of the Cape Town-born midfielder. He has also been linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs.
A Sundowns insider said negotiations were at an advanced stage and was confident the deal was imminent.
“We are almost there in terms of agreeing terms. He has told us what he wants and our management is working on it,” said the insider.
With Sundowns also likely to lose Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly, Alexander is seen as a capable reinforcement to the side, hence they stepped up their pursuit.
He will come in handy to complement veteran Teko Modise, who is not showing signs of age.
The former Ajax Cape Town and Vasco Da Gama midfielder has been the force behind City’s success in the two seasons he has been with them.
Meanwhile, enterprising Bidvest Wits midfielder Phakamani Mahlambi has attracted the interest of Spanish giants Atlético Madrid, among other clubs.
City Press can also reveal that Madrid sent its scout to watch the 18-year-old national Under-23 star during the Students’ game with Mpumalanga Black Aces last Friday, according to a senior Wits official.
“Yes, they attended the game. They wanted to see him in action. We have been getting calls about him but the coach has made it clear that it is still early for him to move overseas,” said the insider.
Mahlambi won Player of the Month for November and December after his sterling performances for the Students.
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