Bucs haggle over R2m fee for Rantie
ORLANDO Pirates are haggling over a R2-million transfer fee for Tokelo Rantie as the new Bafana Bafana striker's career sits in limbo just a fortnight before the start of the new season.
Pirates have been asked to pay a bargain-basement R2-million fee for the 21-year-old, who they had on loan last season and who made such an impact in their championship-winning season that he went on to make the national team squad for the World Cup qualifiers.
But the champions have not taken up the offer as they seek a cheaper price, opening the door for other clubs to snatch Rantie away.
He is the property of the Swedish lower league outfit IFK Hassleholm, who have plunged down into the lower reaches and are seeking to sell the forward.
The Buccaneers are also involved in negotiations to purchase Zimbabwean international striker Takesure Chinyama, but have also run into difficulties in Harare over the price.
They could be hedging their bets on getting Chinyama for less and then disposing of Rantie.
- Mamelodi Sundowns have already made a firm offer for Rantie, which exceeds the R2-million asking fee.
Insiders close to the deal say the player is not keen to go to the Brazilians because he feels there are already too many strikers at the club and there is a possibility he could be lost in the queue for game time.
Sundowns last week bought lanky Santos forward Eleazor Rodgers.
Rantie, who hails from Parys in the Free State, has not returned to Sweden as planned since the end of the season because his mother is ill and Hassleholm have allowed him to stay at home to care for her.
Last season, Rantie's partnership with veteran Benni McCarthy was one of the reasons the Buccaneers claimed a second successive league title.
- Pirates clinched the Mbombela Super Cup after beating Mamelodi Sundowns 6-5 on penalties at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit last night.
The two teams were tied at 1-all after regulation and went straight into the dreaded penalty shoot-out to decide the winner.
Bucs goal in regulation was scored by Andile Jali, while Hlompho Kekana struck for the Brazilians.