DURBAN – Jeremy Brockie is edging closer to joining Mamelodi Sundowns from SuperSport United, according to his agent Mike Makaab.
Brockie is still contracted to SuperSport, but it is an open secret that Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are keen to have him in their arsenals.
The New Zealand international has been left out of the SuperSport squad to face Lamontville Golden Arrows on Sunday at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu (3.30pm kickoff).
Makaab, of ProSport International, compared Brockie’s situation to that of Sibusiso Vilakazi and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal.
“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 said.
“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.
“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.”
Sundowns have lost Leonardo Castro, who joined Kaizer Chiefs, and are keen to find his replacement in this transfer window.
“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,” said Makaab.
“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,r 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.”
Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has already made it clear that they want to sign a clinical finisher.
“It is common knowledge that Sundowns is not the only team that want to sign Jeremy Brockie. One also has to respect that. As Pitso Mosimane said, one has to also respect that Brockie is a SuperSport United player.”
Brockie hasn’t been up to his usual sharpness this season, and Makaab has explained why that has been the situation.
“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.
“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.
Sundowns are also set to sign Siyabonga Zulu from Platinum Stars and loan Yannick Zakri to make way for Brockie.
“Sundowns also want to sign Siyabonga Zulu and we are looking after Zulu. We are also looking at possibly loaning Yannick Zakri,” Makaab said.
“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.”