PUMA deal key to Pienaar coup?

The former Bafana Bafana captain is inching closer to a move back home and has been a target for some time now for Orlando Pirates, who have shown bold initiative in the transfer market already in recent weeks.

But the coup of adding Pienaar to their growing roster of new players could be stymied by Thursday’s R20-million deal that PUMA have announced with Sundowns.

Pienaar has been a long-time ambassador for the brand and has had a close relationship at PUMA in recent years as the German company has become heavily involved in the player’s social responsibility projects in Westbury, where the iconic midfielder funds tournaments for the township youth.

It is believed that for years Pienaar has been one of the highest paid African stars, from the time PUMA signed him up to when they also did a deal to kit out Bafana Bafana after the 2010 World Cup finals.

A source close to the Pienaar camp tells KickOff.com that PUMA might add more cash to their impending Sundowns deal to sweeten a package for Pienaar.

Earlier on Wednesday it was leaked from the Pirates camp that 34-year-old Pienaar is asking for an annual salary of between R6-8-million to play for the Buccaneers.

But he would not cost them any transfer fee as he is now out of contract from English Premier League club Everton, where he is still held in high regard.

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