Orlando Pirates target Jeremy Brockie is edging closer to a Sundowns move, says agent Mike Makaab

After a long drawn out transfer saga, a decision on the future of the Matsatsantsa star could be made in the coming hours

A decision on the future of Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates target Jeremy Brockie could be made within the next 72 hours.

Brockie has been one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market over the past two seasons, but it seems an exit could finally be nearing. Masandawana have never hidden their desire to bring the New Zealand international to Chloorkop, but have been unable to tie down the striker due to SuperSport United’s hardnosed stance.

Nonetheless, according to Brockie’s agent Mike Makaab, both clubs have been locked in negotiations for some time, and while a solution has not yet been found, he is edging closer towards a move to the Tshwane giants.  

“Yes, we have had a lengthy discussion with both clubs and we are hopeful that we will find the solution. As we sit now, there’s no final solution. We are edging closer,” Makaab told Independent Media.

“I said to Jeremy Brockie, I’ll speak to him on Sunday, but we are edging closer. He is not in the 18 match-day squad to face Lamontville Golden Arrows. They left him behind.

“It is a very similar situation to Sibusiso Vilakazi. It took us almost the entire season, actually, it took us 10 months to do the deal. Here, this started in April last year. So that’s a very similar situation,” he added.

“But as I explained to many of the media and other people that I have spoken to, when it is a deal involving a top player, it is never going to be simple.

“We are not comparing leagues, but how long did it take for Phillipe Coutinho to move from Liverpool to Barcelona? There’s eventually a time where something happens. It is like a pressure cooker. You are in a little pressure cooker, you can’t boil the stew forever,” Makaab explained.

“Eventually something is going to blow, and this deal is like this. I’m just hoping that sometime early next week we can come to some form of conclusion one way or another, because it is not good for any of the parties involved in this negotiation.

“It is not good for SuperSport, it is not good for Sundowns and it is not good for Jeremy Brockie. It is either a yes or no, and I think within the next 72 hours, we will finally come to some sort of a solution,” he continued.

Meanwhile, Makaab has confirmed that Orlando Pirates are also in the running for the 30-year-old’s signature, and admits that Brockie’s recent decline in front of goal could be down to him being unsettled at SuperSport.

“It is common knowledge that Sundowns is not the only team that want to sign Jeremy Brockie,” he said.

“One also has to respect that. As Pitso Mosimane said, one has to also respect that Brockie is a SuperSport United player.

“The worse scenario will be him staying at SuperSport, but that would not be a tragedy. He has got a very good contract with SuperSport United.

“Yes, he has been unsettled and you can see it in the fact that he hasn’t been the prolific goal-scorer that he was in the past,” he expressed.

“But it’s that because there was sort of an unwritten promise made that if he wanted to move at the end of the last season, that move was going to be supported by SuperSport, but let us understand their position.

“Stuart Baxter left and Eric Tinkler came in, he said, ‘I’m Eric Tinkler the head coach, you want me to take this job, I’m not losing my best players. He is my best player. He scored 20 plus goals in back to back seasons.

“So that’s where it all started, and unfortunately it should have ended there, but it never ended there. Football is a very strange game,” Makaab explained.

Furthermore, Makaab stated that if Sundowns are to sign Brockie, then it is likely that Yannick Zakri could be loaned out in order to make way for the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup’s top scorer.

“Sundowns also want to sign Siyabonga Zulu and we are looking after Zulu. We are also looking at possibly loaning Yannick Zakri,” Makaab said.

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“If Brockie does sign with Sundowns and I would assume that we would have to move Zakri for obvious reasons, but he will also have to play as a youngster. He is a young player with huge potential.

“At the moment, we are still looking at different loan opportunities. Another player that might go on loan is Mogakolodi Ngele, and again I’m not too sure and I mean it,” he concluded.