Brockie looks set for Sundowns
JEREMY BROCKIE is edging closer to joining Mamelodi Sundowns from SuperSport United, according to his agent Mike Makaab.
Brockie is still contracted to SuperSport but it is an open secret that Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are keen to buy him.
The New Zealand international has been left out of the SuperSport squad to face Lamontville Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium today. The game will kick-off at 3.30 pm.
Makaab compared Brockie’s situation to those of Sibusiso Vilakazi and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal.
“Yes we have had lengthy discussions with both clubs and we are hopeful that we will find the solution,” he said.
“This started in April last year. So that’s a very similar situation but as I explained... when it is a deal involving a top player it is never going to be simple,” Makaab said.
Sundowns have lost Leonardo Castro, who joined Kaizer Chiefs, and they are keen to find his replacement in this transfer window.
“We are not comparing leagues but how long did it take Phillipe Coutinho to move from Liverpool to Barcelona?
“There’s eventually a time where something happens. I’m just hoping that sometime early next week we can come to some form of conclusion... because it is not good for any of the parties involved in this negotiation.
“It is either a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and I think within the next 72 hours we will finally come to some sort of a solution,” Makaab explained.
Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has already made it clear that they want to sign a clinical finisher.
“It is a common knowledge that Sundowns is not the only team that want to sign Jeremy. One also has to respect that. As Pitso Mosimane said, one has to also respect that Brockie is a SuperSport player,” said Makaab.
Brockie hasn’t been at his sharpest in this season.
“The worst scenario will be him staying at SuperSport but that would not be a tragedy.
“He has got a very good contract with SuperSport. You can see he has been unsettled by the fact that he hasn’t been the prolific goal-scorer that he was in the past, but that’s because there was sort of an unwritten promise made that if he wanted to move at the end of the last season that move was going to be supported by SuperSport.
“But let us understand their position. (Coach) Eric Tinkler came in, he said: ‘I’m not losing my best players. He is my best player. He scored 20 plus goals in back-to-back seasons’. So that’s where it all started and unfortunately it should have ended there, but it never ended there. Football is a very strange game,” Makaab said.
Brockie contributed massively in SuperSport’s accomplishment sin 2017 when they won the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8. He also won the Golden Boot Award in the Caf Confederation Cup.
“Jeremy also wants to play in Africa. He had a taste with SuperSport and he want to play there next season. So that’s an added bonus,” Makaab stated.
Sundowns are ahead in the race to sign Brockie.
Sundowns are also set to sign Siyabonga Zulu from Platinum Stars and loan out Yannick Zakri to make way for Brockie.