Bloemfontein Celtic's Erick Mathoho may move to Kaizer Chiefs

The player's representative revealed that there have been talks between the Amakhosi and the Free State club over a possible deal
Erick Mathoho's chance of securing a move from Bloemfontein Celtic to Kaizer Chiefs is '50/50' at the moment, according to his agent, Tim Suzuki.

Sukazi admitted there have been talks between Amakhosi and Bloemfontein Celtic over a proposed transfer to Naturena, but that nothing concrete has come out from it yet.

"Chiefs have contacted Celtic over the possibility of buying Erick, but nothing has been agreed as yet," he told KickOff.com. "At the moment I would say the likelihood of a deal happening is 50/50."

Asked about a likely transfer fee, Sukazi said, "Look, he is still young and only in his second season in the PSL, but he is a very, very promising young player, so I would say nothing less than R3-million."

That would represent some excellent business for Celtic, who got the player for nothing from lower league side Dolphins two seasons ago. And, as Sukazi explains, the Free State club could end up with a lot more than that.

"If a deal is struck between the two clubs we will definitely insist on a clause which would allow Erick to move overseas if the right offer comes along," he added. "Erick's future definitely lies in Europe, and we could have a few more trials lined up at the end of the season.

"And I'm sure Celtic will add a clause to the contract that would entitle them to a percentage of the sell-on fee which could, in a year or two, be very significant."

Mathoho looked set to join Dutch club FC Twente earlier this season after impressing on trials, but the move never materialised because of the financial laws in the Netherlands which insists foreign players must get paid a significant amount – a law designed to control the quality of players brought into the country.

Mathoho's move was dependant on Twente's Brazilian defender Douglas leaving, with both Juventus and Bayern Munich reportedly interested, but the transfer never materialised.