By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: They are believed to be asking for a price of £4 Million (approximately R65 million for Tau from Brighton.
Mamelodi Sundowns have publicly declared their commitment and support in making sure that their star player Percy Tau moves to Europe in a statement following hefty criticism for playing hardball in selling the PSL’s reigning player of the season.
Tau’s agent, Mmatsatsi Sefalafala had earlier released a statement saying that the league Champions were being greedy with the sale of the player after they reportedly rejected a bid from English side Brighton Hove & Albion in the region of R34.Million. They are believed to be asking for a price of £4 Million, approximately R65 million for Tau from Brighton.
The club has however ridiculed claims of them being reluctant to let their 24-year-old development product, insisting that Tau’s agent is not being honest in his claims as they are working around the clock to ensure that Tau lands in Europe.
In a statement issued by the club, it said: “Mamelodi Sundowns have stated on numerous occasions over the past 18 months that it is committed to ensuring that Percy Tau plays and pursues his career in Europe.”
“We have been saddened by misrepresentations and false statements in the media concerning discussions for Percy Tau to play in Europe. Mamelodi Sundowns will not engage and discuss in public and with the media, the confidential negotiations that are currently underway with several interested European clubs for Percy Tau to play in Europe,” reads the statement.
Reports are doing the rounds that Tau is launching a boycott towards his club in efforts to force a move away to Europe as it is believed that he did not travel with the rest of the team to Rustenburg for their pre-season camp to fuel those reports.
Sundowns have had a reputation over the years for their unwillingness to allow players to leave for Europe. Their previous similar case was last year when they were believed to have been blocking Keagan Dolly’s move to France’s Montpellier but the player forced the move through after a boycott.