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Opinion: Should Chiefs learn from Pirates and stay away from target?

Kaizer Chiefs may need to look at the success rate of particular players, who joined their bitter rivals Orlando Pirates in recent years, from the same club as their reported target.

Chiefs are reportedly actively pursuing Royal AM striker Victor Letsoalo, despite the club releasing a statement distancing themselves from negotiating any deal with them.

In spite of their statement, declaring Letsoalo "not for sale", the KwaZulu-Natal side seem open to negotiating his transfer, only at the right price.

In exercising a one-year option in Letsoalo's contract, which means the Bafana Bafana striker is tied to Thwihli Thwahla until 2023, Royal are in a good position to make good money, should any interested club meet their valuation of the player.

"People should not listen to what other people are saying, Victor Letsoalo is our player,” Mnisi said, per iDiskiTimes

“We have never been approached, it was only this week, where the agent said Kaizer Chiefs were interested, that was it.

“And we are not going to budge, if they want Letsoalo, they must bring the money that we want. No money, no deal, that’s all.

“We are not going to budge on that, Victor is a Rolls-Royce, if you want a Rolls-Royce you must pay the money the Rolls-Royce is worth, full stop.

“Don’t come and say you want a Rolls-Royce, but you want to pay money Mazda 323 is worth, it doesn’t work like that. If you feel that boy is a Rolls-Royce, pay the money and take the player that’s all.”

The potential success rate of Letsoalo at a big team, could be measured by how well his former teammates have faired, particularly at Pirates. 

Letsoalo was reportedly contemplating submitting a transfer request, as he's itching for a move to a Gauteng-based team.

"Victor Letsoalo has made his intentions known to the club that he wants to move elsewhere and is not ready to remain at Royal AM beyond his current contract," a source was quoted as saying by KickOff.

"He wants to move away from Royal AM this January."

However, if you look at other strikers, who moved from Bloemfontein Celtic (sold to Royal AM before the start of the season) to Pirates, Tshegofatso Mabasa and Kabelo Dlamini, they have not exactly covered themselves in glory.

Mabasa had his moments of scoring goals in the previous seasons but has never been consistent and has fallen down the pecking order of strikers at the Buccaneers, while Dlamini is still struggling to break into the line-up, used mainly as an impact player.

So could this be a sign that Letsoalo could also be average at a big club, with more pressure? Is he worth the Rolls-Royce money, as Mnisi suggests?

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