South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns have announced the end of discussions to transfer Gaston Sirino to Al Ahly.
CAF Champions League holders Al Ahly made an improved bid to sign Sundowns’ Uruguayan attacking midfielder Sirino, after the first offer was rejected, before Sundowns eventually made a shock announcement today to confirm the deal has failed.
“Mamelodi Sundowns FC today announced that it has terminated discussions with Al Ahly SC as the two clubs are too far from each other on the transfer fee for Gaston Sirino,” said the club’s statement.
“The good relations between the President of Al Ahly, Mr Mahmoud El Khatib and the President of Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Patrice Motsepe will continue as well as the good relations between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly but there is no point or purpose in continuing the discussions on Gaston Sirino.
“Mamelodi Sundowns will continue releasing players to European, African and other football countries like it did for Percy Tau, Keagan Dolly, Bongani Zungu, Ivorian International Siaka Tiéné and other players but the transfer fee must be competitive as Mamelodi Sundowns is consistently paying high and internationally competitive transfer fees for the players that it acquires.
“Gaston Sirino must now focus on his football and compete for a starting position at Mamelodi Sundowns,” concluded the message.