It seems the priority signings for the' big three' in the PSL lies in acquiring quality centre-backs.
However, Chiefs are not exactly in the running to sign a couple of the most sought-after centre-backs in the PSL.
The Buccaneers were reported to be leading the race for Sibisi's services last season but the deal did not materialise.
It has now emerged that Sundowns are in pole position to acquire Sibisi from Arrows, as they look to solve their centre-back struggles they had this season with the injuries to the likes of Rushine De Reuck and Grant Kekana.
According to Soccer Laduma, the Brazilians view Sibisi as an ideal replacement for Ricardo Nascimento, who was sacrificed in the January transfer window to make space for another foreign signing Erwin Saavedra.
However, Pirates have not been ruled out of the race and could be holding a trump cards that could tilt the Sibisi deal in their favour.
Firstly, what counts in the Buccaneers favour is that co-coach Mandla Ncikazi coached Sibisi at Abafana Bes'thende and the Bafana Bafana centre-back could view a potential move to the Soweto giants as appealing regarding his chances of getting game time.
And another factor that could count in Pirates' favour is their special relationship with Arrows.
An example of Pirates getting ahead in deals through close ties with another club is the potential signing of Chippa United striker Bienventu Eva Nga.
Chiefs reportedly made first contact and were making progress in luring the Cameroonian to Naturena but the Buccaneers entered the race for his signature, which led to Amakhosi's deal falling through.
In so far as PSL deals are concerned, Sundowns have been getting their way when it comes to signing their targets and Pirates could give them a taste of their own medicine, where they are desperate for a player but come second-best, which is a rarity.
In fact, 'Ezimnyama Ngenkani' could give Masandawana a run for their money next season if they secure another centre-back they are rumoured to be chasing.
According to SABCSport, Pirates are on the verge of signing AmaZulu centre-back Tapelo Xoki, who has been a mainstay for the KwaZulu-Natal side, especially since Benni McCarthy took over and continued to flourish under interim coach Brandon Truter, where the Durban-based side is yet to concede since he took over from McCarthy.
The prospect of the Buccaneers having both Sibisi and Xoki in their roster, where either one will fight for a place to partner with Olisa Ndah in the heart of defence could be a solid foundation in challenging the Brazilians for the league title.
By Thato Bosoga
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