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Reports: Brighton and Hove Albion raise their bid for Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau

12:08 AM MYT 05/07/2018
Yerry Mina of Barcelona and Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns - May 16 2018
The English-based club are still short of Masandawana's reported asking price

According to reports, English Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion have tabled one final lucrative offer for Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau’s signature.

It has widely been believed that Brighton are keen on the 24-year-old along with several other top clubs which include French Ligue 1 side Monaco.

However, recent reports suggested that a mammoth R70 million asking price had been placed on Tau’s head. This along with work permits issues seemed to be a stumbling block in negotiations according to previous reports.

But it seems that Brighton have one final card to play before pulling out of the deal. With negotiations ongoing, reports by KweseESPN suggest that the British coastal outfit have raised their initial offer to R50 million, which could make Tau one of the most expensive players to leave SA shores.

But despite the hefty sums of cash being thrown at the exciting attacker, this still falls short of Sundowns valuation of the player. The publication though reports that Brighton are growing impatient and could turn their attention elsewhere should their latest bid fail.

Nonetheless, it will be hoped that perhaps the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions may look to cash in on the Footballer of the Season following his recent decision to allegedly boycott training.

Sundowns and Tau’s were recently involved in a war of words after the club were adamant that they would let him leave if an adequate offer was made.

Nevertheless, while the rest of the team reported for preseason training early, Tau has not been part of the Brazilians' preparations.

Sundowns also recently completed the signing of Venezuelan Jose Ali Meza which could be seen as an indication of Tau’s impending departure. Sundowns are believed to have broke the bank on the South American as they are reported to have paid Oriente Petrolero in the region of R13 million.