Sun Sep 24 05:04:00 SAST 2017

Sundowns can have Manyama but at the right price‚ says Cape Town City owner Comitis

By Nick Said | 2017-08-30 16:15:37.0

Pitso Mosimane coach of Mamelodi Sundowns and Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City with coach and Player of the month during theAbsa Premiership POM and COM awards on the 29 March 2017 at PSL Offices © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Cape Town City owner John Comitis has not ruled out a move to Mamelodi Sundowns for star player Lebogang Manyama but has told The Brazilians they will need to up their offer considerably.

Comitis has previously stated that he would only sell the Bafana Bafana attacking midfielder to Europe‚ but appears to have left the door slightly ajar for Sundowns to steal in with a little over 24 hours remaining in the transfer window.

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“We opened discussions with Sundowns because we have to be realistic about having a player here that is not happy‚” Comitis told SowetanLIVE.

“But the numbers they have proposed are far short of our valuation of the player.

"If you want the best player in the country then you can’t be offering me what they did. So unless they come back with something else …”

Comitis adds there is also an offer on the table “from Europe”‚ believed to be a club in Turkey.

“I am still looking at that one to see if it is worthwhile and also waiting to hear what Lebo thinks about it‚” Comitis says.

“I can tell you the deal far exceeds what was offered by Sundowns‚ but we will see. It could still happen.”

Manyama is now in the Cape Verde Islands with Bafana ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday‚ making any possibility of a medical before the window slams shut at midnight on Thursday difficult.

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Comitis does not expect any other business before then and believes he has cover if Manyama leaves.

“I think I am done‚” he says.

“If Lebo does not stay‚ I believe we already have enough here [in the squad] to continue to be successful and keep fighting to win trophies.”

Manyama was dropped from the City side that defeated BidVest Wits 1-0 in their MTN8 semifinal‚ first leg‚ on Sunday‚ with coach Benni McCarthy believing he was not in the right frame of mind to play.

“He had been at training every day‚ but I just feel like his mind was elsewhere‚” McCarthy said.

“And that can happen when you have a lot of talk about other clubs interested in you‚ you can lose that focus. I just felt that I would rather have players in the team [against Wits] who I know are 100 percent focussed on the job.” - SowetanLIVE