- Mamelodi Sundowns have rubbished reports of a rift developing between the club and Percy Tau
- Tau has been absent from club activities in recent days in an apparent attempt to force the club to allow him to complete a transfer to English side Brighton Hove and Albion
- Brighton have reportedly made an offer to Tau but talks have stalled due to transfer fees negotiations
Mamelodi Sundowns have rubbished recent reports about a growing rift between the club and its star striker Percy Tau over his proposed move abroad. Sundowns spokesperson Thulani Thuswa said the club was not fighting with Tau and actually supported his wish to move overseas.
Tau has been absent from all club activities in recent days, most notably refusing to report for pre-season training which started last Sunday. Tau’s absence has been seen by many as an attempt by him to force the club’s bosses into accepting a transfer deal.
Reports indicate that English Premier League side Brighton Hove and Albion have made an offer on Tau but Mamelodi Sundowns officials have dragged their feet in accepting the deal in order to secure a higher transfer price.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Brighton is thought to have made an offer of somewhere in the region of R35 million to Mamelodi Sundowns in its bid to secure Tau.
Mamelodi have previously employed a similar delay tactic when Keagan Dolly wanted to move overseas.
Sport24.com reported that Thuswa said Mamelodi would do everything it could to ensure that Tau got the best possible deal and went to one of the top five leagues in the world.
He said any club which wanted to engage with Mamelodi Sundowns about player transfers was welcome to do so via the official and well-established channels.
Thuswa said: "When you want to buy something, you must show that you want it. When you want to buy something, you must commit and show respect in your approach.”
He said fighting with Tau was a ridiculous concept because Sundowns did not fight with its children. Thuswa noted that the club only asked for other teams to respect the recognised processes and to make credible offers on players.
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