Why Ahly didn't splash cash for Sirino

CAF Champions League

Al Ahly director Amr Tawfik has explained why they didn't break the bank to reunite Mamelodi Sundowns star Gaston Sirino with Pitso Mosimane.

Sirino, 30, agreed a deal in principle with Ahly after they submitted the R15-million-a-year salary package, which also included a car and housing allowance.

With the proposed deal turning his head just months after signing a five-year contract with Sundowns, Sirino signalled his intentions to leave the club but the deal fell through as the two club's failed to agree on a transfer fee.

It was reported that Sundowns were seeking a deal close to R90m after rejecting opening bids of R15m and R33m for the services of the Uruguayan.

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And Tawfik admits the Red Devils weren't prepared to break their transfer record which currently stands at R70m when they lured Hussein El Shahat back to Egypt from UAE Pro League side Al Ain in January 2019.

"Negotiations with Sirino fell through after failing to agree on fees," the club's marketing and transfers director told Al Ahly TV this week.

"Sundowns demanded a large sum of money, and there is a cap when it comes to transfer contracts at Al Ahly."

Sirino has since moved on from the long protracted transfer saga and has scored three goals while registering two assists in 11 games across all competitions for Masandawana.

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