The European transfer season is in full swing, clubs are wheeling and dealing between themselves to buy players or to dump players which have become a burden. Usually, South Africans don’t pay much attention to this transfer window but this year is different.
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Bafana Bafana star Bongani Zungu has been targeted by Greek side Olympiakos. If Zungu’s deal is approved he will switch from his current French-based Amiens for a staggering €7m (R108 million).
If the deal is approved it would become a record transfer amount involving a South African national team player ever. Zungu is on new Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins’ radar.
The pair have worked together in the past and Martins rates the South African midfielder as one of the best in the business.
Briefly.co.za looks at three of the most expensive transfers between European clubs involving Bafana Bafana players.
1. Benni McCarthy, R93 million – Ajax Amsterdam to Celta Vigo
McCarthy is one of the most celebrated South African players in history. He still holds the record for most goals scored for Bafana Bafana.
TimesLive.co.za reported that his first transfer in Europe would be the biggest of his career. McCarthy left Ajax Amsterdam for Celta Vigo but failed to make a mark at the club. McCarthy moved to FC Porto where he duly went on to win a UEFA Champions League title under the leadership of Jose Mourinho.
2. Steven Pienaar, R90 million – Tottenham Hotspur to Everton
Pienaar was actually involved in a number of record-high transfers but his final move was the most lucrative of his career.
Injury and badly timed loss of form arguably cost Pienaar a shot at becoming a true legend in the English Premier League
3. Tokelo Rantie, R63 million - Malmo to Bournemouth
Rantie actually became the most expensive player ever purchased by Bournemouth when the club secured his services from Swedish side Malmo.
While Rantie was held in such high regard when he was purchased he simply failed to adjust to life in England and suffered a devastating loss of form. He was sold to Turkish side Genclerbirligi but quit that team in October and is still a free agent.
Percy Tau could join this club in the next couple of years if he translates his current PSL form into doing well in Europe. His current side, Brighton Hove and Albion rank as one of the smaller teams in the English Premier League and he could just be snapped up by a bigger club if he impresses the scouts in Europe.
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