Kasi soccer skills: Junior Mendieta kasi flava [video]

Stellenbosch FC’s Junior Mendieta in action at the Danie Craven Stadium. Image: BackPagePix

Chiefs-linked Stellies star signs for PSL rival [update]

Any hopes of Chiefs executing a blockbuster signing of Junior Mendieta have been extinguished. He will be joining Sundowns.

Kasi soccer skills: Junior Mendieta kasi flava [video]

Stellenbosch FC’s Junior Mendieta in action at the Danie Craven Stadium. Image: BackPagePix

Junior Mendieta is believed to have been a sought-after target for some of the PSL’s top clubs, with Sundowns apparently edging ahead in the race for his signature at a time when Chiefs have most regularly been linked with the midfielder.

According to popular online source Unplayable, he is officially set to leave Stellenbosch to join Sundowns on a whopping three-year deal.

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According to iDiski Times, the release clause in his contract was set at around R10-million, while he has indicated that he is keen to take up a new challenge elsewhere.

β€œJunior is ready for something different after three seasons at Stellenbosch, they have a salary cap but it’s not the main reason for wanting to leave, but rather a sporting challenge in order to challenge for silverware,” a source confirmed to iDiski Times.

Earlier this year, it was reported that any potential suitors would have to splash the cash in order to sign Mendieta, who had also once been linked with Pirates at different times.

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A buy-out clause, which is likely to be north of R10m, would be a figure which may dissuade many clubs, but Mamelodi Sundowns were seemingly willing to open transfer talks, with Mendieta seen as a priority target.

Reports suggests the club view the playmaker as an ideal replacement for outgoing Haashim Domingo.

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THE REPORT BELOW ON MENDIETA WAS PUBLISHED IN MARCH

A recent report in Soccer Laduma, as shared on Twitter by @RealTshemedi

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