Why Chiefs struggle in the transfer market…


Former Kaizer Chiefs head coach Sergio dos Santos reveals what he thinks might be the reason behind the club struggling to land any of their targets compared to Mamelodi Sundowns.

While Amakhosi are still pushing to conclude deals for two of their transfer targets in Sipho Mbule and Siyethemba Sithebe, Mamelodi Sundowns have already captured the signatures of Teboho Mokoena and Bradley Ralani.

Dos Santos, who at one stage sat on the Chiefs bench, says because of the kind of money Sundowns pay for a player, clubs in the PSL will always expect the Naturena-based side to match what they could possibly receive if they were to sell the player to Chloorkop.

"I think the biggest factor in favour of Mamelodi Sundowns is that they continue to win competitions,” Dos Santos tells Kickoff.com.

"They continue to win trophies, So if you do that, you are putting money into your bank account.

"The owner of Mamelodi Sundowns Patrice Motsepe, he is not messing around, he wants his club to become one of the biggest clubs in Africa. He knows to do that you have to spend money and bring in quality. I have no doubt that when Sundowns wants a player, the price is going to go up.

"It's the same with Chiefs, when they want to buy a player, the price is going to go up. Mamelodi Sundowns, they always keep their eyes open, they make special deals with the clubs, and because their squad is so big they can afford to give some of their players to other clubs on loan, to make sure they don't spend too much money. If you want to be a top team you have to spend the money.

"Kaizer Chiefs, they are being very careful in terms of who they are buying, because it will be expensive. If Kaizer Chiefs says I want that player, clubs say no problem. But when Mamelodi Sundowns find out that Chiefs is after the player, they will ask that particular club 'how much more do you want? I will pay the money.' And the player will say yes because his salary is going up also,” he said.

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