Downs botch sales - Xulu, Musshekwi in limbo
MAMELODI Sundowns' inexperience in the international transfer market looks to have ended the European dreams of two of their stars.
Defender Siyanda Xulu and striker Nyasha Mushekwi have seen respective moves to Russia and Germany collapse after bungling Sundowns officials made unreasonable demands for the duo's services.
Sowetan understands that newly promoted German Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth were willing to pay up to R10m for the services of forward Mushekwi, but wanted him to attend a four-day assessment in Germany first. In the current transfer market, that is a generous figure for a player with no European experience.
Greuther Fürth wanted to give the player a medical and see him in a few training sessions before putting a contract in front of him - standard practice in Europe - but Sundowns would not let the player travel.
Sundowns officials wanted the transfer agreed on before they were willing to let the Zimbabwean go. This stubborn stance shows a lack of understanding of the mechanics of European transfers, insiders say.
With the German Bundesliga season now less than two weeks away, Greuther Fürth have moved on to other targets and let their interest in Mushekwi go cold, ending his dream of a move and Sundowns' chances of a pay-day well above the player's market value.
Xulu's proposed move to FC Rostov in Russia looks as though it will not happen after Sundowns priced the player out of the deal. Rostov were keen to take the player to Europe, but the Brazilians have blocked the move despite what club insiders suggest was a "fair" offer. This also comes after club owner Patrice Motsepe assured the player that he would not stand in his way if such an offer was made.