$400 000 offer tabled for Nurkovic


Saudi Arabian club Abha FC have tabled an official bid of USD 400 000 (approximately R6.63-million) to Kaizer Chiefs for the transfer of Serbian striker Samir Nurkovic.

The offer landed at Chiefs on Monday, prompting the club into meetings as they weigh up the option of considering the transfer fee, which appears to be on the low side considering the player's importance to the team.

According to KickOff.com contacts, it is the first offer the Saudi Professional League club have put in writing to Chiefs and there are chances that it could be improved.

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Abha are serious about acquiring Nurkovic, who scored 14 goals in his first season at Chiefs, and the Saudis would also vastly improve what the striker is currently earning.

The Leaders of the South finished in mid-table last season after winning promotion from the Saudi first division the previous year.

Over a dozen Serbians have played in the Saudi League before while former Orlando Pirates striker Tendai Ndoro played for Al-Faisaly FC in the same league in the 2017/18 season.

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In the meanwhile, Chiefs have already tabled an improved new three-year deal to Nurkovic following enquiries for his services from a North African club last month.

Amakhosi are keen to give Nurkovic a fresh contract that will elevate him closer to the club’s table of top earners – Khama Billiat, Itumeleng Khune, Leonardo Castro, Lebogang Manyama and Bernard Parker – all of whom are on packages of at least R4-million per annum.

Nurkovic signed on a three-year deal at the beginning of last season.

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