South African Premier Soccer League giant, Mamelodi Sundowns have released a statement pulling out of the Al Ahly’s deal to sign their star player, Gaston Sirino after two parties failing to agree on the transfer fee of the player.
‘Mamelodi Sundowns FC today announced that it has terminated discussions with Al Ahly SC as the clubs are too far from each other on the transfer fee for Gaston Sirino.’ reads statement on club’s official website.
The 29 year old Uruguayan Midfielder has been on wishlist of the Red devil’s since summer and wanted him to link up with his former Head coach Pitso Mossimane.
‘The good relations between the President of Al Ahly, Mr. Mahmoud El Khatib, and the President of Mamelodi Sundowns Dr. Patrice Motsepe will continue the good relations between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly but there is no point or purpose in continuing the discussions on Gaston Sirino.’
‘Mamelodi Sundowns will continue releasing players to European, African and other football countries like it did for Percy Tau, Keagan Dolly, Bongani Zungu, Ivorian international Siaka Tiéné, and other players but the transfer fee must be competitive as Mamelodi Sundowns is consistently paying high internationally competitive transfer fees for the players that it acquires.’
‘Gaston Sirino must now focus on his football and compete for a starting position at Mamelodi Sundowns.’
Sirino joined Sundowns in 2018 from Bolivar (Bolivia) and played an instrumental role to ensure that Masandawana clinch their first ever treble in club history last season.