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Opinion: Chiefs and Pirates primed to act on a potential signing?

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates may not have a better time to flex their financial muscle and bring on board a quality signing, that is itching for an exit door at his current club. 

Mamelodi Sundowns could be making their intentions clear that they are moving on from star midfielder Gaston Sirino, after they were linked with a Bolivian international.

Sundowns have reportedly concluded the deal to sign Erwin Saavendra, 25, who is a versatile midfielder that can also play on the right flank, either as a winger or wing-back.

The reports are stating that the Tshwane giants have forked out R18 million to secure his signature, with the announcements believed to be imminent. 

Saavendra is playing for the same club, that Sundowns signed Sirino from, Bolivar.

The Brazilians have been coy when asked about Sirino missing some games towards the end of last year, with reports stating that he has fallen out of favour with the technical team. 

It's an open secret that the Uruguayan star is no longer happy at Sundowns since the departure of former coach Pitso Mosimane and actually Al Ahly made bids to reunite him with Mosimane at the Red Devils but they were rejected by the Tshwane giants. 

However, it seems like the Egyptian giants have moved on from that potential transfer and there has been hype around Sirino potentially joining Orlando Pirates and if Sundowns would be willing to sell him, Chiefs could also get into the picture. 

The Brazilians co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi conceded at the beginning of the season that the club won't stay in Sirino's way if he wants to leave.

"But I think the club is also very clear in that space that if he has to leave and people are still interested, they must just bring an offer and the club is very considerate of whatever might happen," Mngqithi said, per TimesLive

"Because the club does not want to kill Gaston’s career – that is very important from the chairman of the club to the board, and even to us in the technical team.

“If he no longer wants to play for Sundowns, and people are coming with good offers on the table, the club is willing to take that into consideration."

If indeed Sundowns complete the signing of Bolivian Saavendra, Sirino could be further disgruntled at the Brazilians and as Mngqithi has indicated, they would be willing to listen to offers.

The biggest question is, can Chiefs or Pirates pay the big money to rescue his career?

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