Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker Gaston Sirino’s transfer to Egyptian club Al Ahly has taken a new twist after Ahly director of football Sayed Abdel confirmed that the deal may not go through for another period.
Mamelodi have maintained their stance that Sirino is not for sale though the player has also reportedly asked the club to be allowed to join the Egyptian club.
When asked about the future of Sirino, Abdel-Hafiz told Kingfut: “It is possible to delay the negotiations with him for another period.”
“This is very possible, and it is also possible that we don’t sign him at all. I do not have the final details about the negotiations with Sirino.”
“The file is currently in the hands of the Head of Transfers Amir Tawfik,” he added.
The newly crowned CAF Champions League winners have made Sirino as their prime target in the transfer window, with reports indicating that Ahly and the Uruguayan have reportedly agreed on a deal in principle.
Pitso Mosimane’s presence at the Red Devils has also fuelled rumours of Sirino’s move to the North.
Sirino and Mosimane held a special relationship when the latter was in charge of Sundowns, and both are understood to still have the urge to work with each other again.
Al Ahly will probably have to let go of some of their players to create space for their new signing Badr Benoun and Sirino in case the deal does finally materialise.
According to Kingfut, Geraldo and defender Aliou Badji are expected to be the likely departures to create space on the foreign players quota list.
“Some of our foreign players are nearing to exit the club,” Abdel-Hafiz disclosed, adding; “Badr Benoun and the new players will be in our squad for the Ittihad game in the Egypt Cup.”
Al Ahly will face Uganda Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi’s Ittihad in the semi-finals of the Egypt Cup on Tuesday, December 1.