Gaston Sirino's gross earnings would have shot up to as much as R15-million per annum had he succeeded joining Al Ahly, KickOff.com has been informed.
The Egyptian powerhouse raised a hand of interest and knocked hard on the Sundowns door with repeated offers but The Brazilians insisted on the price they had named if a deal were to be struck.
Sirino had already been made aware of just how his earnings would have improved and was keen to go for the bag as he turns 30 this year.
However, in the end no agreement was reached between the two clubs and Sirino remains with the PSL champions.
Having lost out on the move, he sunk into a 'grumpy setting' before getting back to gear by doing the job for the club he is still contracted to.
Sirino signed a new and improved five-year contract with Sundowns last year but it is dwarfed by what he would have earned at Al Ahly.
KickOff.com has gathered that Al Ahly tabled a package of R15-million and with it the Uruguayan would have still received bonuses, car, housing allowance while his family would be nearer to Europe as well.
Al Ahly are still in the market for a player of a similar profile, which is why they have weighed up the option of Khama Billiat.
Sirino is now into his fourth year at Sundowns having been brought in by Pitso Mosimane, who is now the head coach at Al Ahly.
At Sundowns the 29-year-old has scored 26 goals playing from attacking spaces in midfield but the beauty about his game is that he offers even more with assists.
View all of Pitso Mosimane's signings at Al Ahly this season