Brockie looks set for Sun­downs

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

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.

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