- Mamelodi Sundowns have reportedly accepted a R50 million offer from English Premier League side Brighton Hove and Albion for Percy Tau
- The PSL’s top scorer now faces the prospect of jumping through hoops to obtain a working visa for the UK
- If Tau does not receive a visa he could play for Belgium club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise which is owned by the same man who owns Brighton
Percy Tau might be on the brink of realising his dream of playing in one of Europe’s top footballing leagues, but he can’t sign on the dotted line with English Premier League side Brighton Hove and Albion just yet.
Mamelodi Sundowns president and chairman Patrice Motsepe instructed the club’s management to finalise the record-breaking deal with Brighton and release Tau from his contract. This means Tau is free to play for Brighton if he obtains a UK working visa.
If Tau fails to obtain a working visa he will face an uncertain future. He will be under contract with Brighton which means the club will ultimately get to dictate what he does. Tau is unlikely to spend a year away from football.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the most likely situation would be for Tau to be sent out on loan to for Belgium club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise which is owned by Tony Bloom, the same man who owns Brighton.
The Belgian side has a rich history and during its glory days, the club won 11 national championships. The last of those was in 1935 and the club currently finds itself firmly in the second division.
According to a report by TimesLive.co.za Bloom is keen to return the Belgian side to winning ways in the same way he returned Brighton to the top flight in English football.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the process of obtaining a working visa for the UK is complicated and players need to meet specific requirements.
We also reported that Tau seems to qualify for most of these requirements and it seems unthinkable that Brighton would have persisted with the deal and increased it from R8 million to R50 million if it did not believe Tau would qualify for a visa.
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