Chiefs' transfer wishlist grows larger

Premiership

Bubbles of tension have enveloped Naturena following leaks that the club has already identified players that will have to leave for up to a dozen new signings to be brought in when the next transfer window opens after the end of this season.

Such is the anxiety at Naturena that the whispers have left the dressing room on edge and pumping an energy of nervousness with well over of a third of the season still to play, with the poor form of results that has left Chiefs winless in eight games not helping the situation.

With the club having already identified their targets, it naturally means those that will be making way are already known and next up will be dealing with issues related to how they will leave, with some still having contracts that will run beyond the end of June.

Representatives of players at Chiefs are already seeking dialogue with the club to be given direction with regards to the future of their clients. It is getting uptight with every passing week.

The trouble is that a sizeable chunk of the players that Chiefs plan to let go are senior and influential which could have damaging effects for what remains of this season.

Gavin Hunt's approach has made it obvious who is not in his plans as it is said he is never one to pump up a player he is not using.

The list of those that have already been identified for consideration or are already engaged and in the process of being signed include Njabulo Ngcobo and Kgaogelo Sekgota of Moroka Swallows, Sipho Mbule and Bradley Grobler of SuperSport United, Stellenbosch's Leletu Skelem, and Thabo Nodada from Cape Town City.

View all of Chiefs' known transfer targets for next season below

Chiefs have their hands tied on targets from Golden Arrows and Baroka, who will be heading to Orlando Pirates.

If Samir Nurkovic's release clause of USD 1-million (R15-million) can be triggered in winter, then it will provide Chiefs with further funds to muscle their way in the market.

There is also an option to bring in a centre-back from Europe – thought to be either German or Serbian – being pursued.

Chiefs have kept the option of bringing in players from the first division open should they not succeed with their prime targets and have lined up Thabani Dube from Richards Bay and Saziso Magawana of Uthongathi.

Then there are matters relating to working around the reported agreements that Phathutshedzo Nange, Sifiso Hlanti and Brandon Petersen already have with the club. 

The problem areas already identified are central defence, left-back, both flanks in midfield, central midfield and also up front.

The plan of action is to repeat what happened in 2012 when the club spent big to bring in all of Morgan Gould, Siboniso Gaxa, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Siyabonga Nkosi, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Tsepo Masilela and Kingston Nkhatha all in one go in a reshuffle that brought the league title back to Naturena.

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