Orlando Pirates to pay R35 million for Stanley Nwabali. Image: Backpagepix

Orlando Pirates to pay R35 million for Stanley Nwabali. Image: Backpagepix

Orlando Pirates ready to pay R35 million for top target?

Orlando Pirates are thought to be close to beating Kaizer Chiefs to a top target, but according to the latest, it could cost them!

Orlando Pirates to pay R35 million for Stanley Nwabali. Image: Backpagepix

Orlando Pirates to pay R35 million for Stanley Nwabali. Image: Backpagepix

Orlando Pirates could be ready to pull off all the stops in their efforts to revamp their playing squad. 

Pirates are believed to be on a mission to mount a proper challenge to Mamelodi Sundowns for the DStv Premiership.

Chiefs and Pirates interested in Nwabali?

This could be as soon as next season for Pirates, and them starting early with their clear out is a big sign. Last week, six players left in five days, with that thought to be just the tip of the iceberg. Souaibou Marou, Fortune Makaringe, Kermit Erasmus, Richard Ofori, Thabang Monare and Siyabonga Mpontshane were all released by Pirates. Those being players who have seen their deals at expire at the club, with management deeming them surplus to requirements. There are still players who are under contract who could be loaned out, sold or see their deals terminated at the Houghton-based outfit.

Having two senior goalkeepers in Ofori and Mpontshane on that list, means they need reinforce that position. The one player that they have seemingly earmarked for that role is Chippa United shot-stopper Stanley Nwabali. The Super Eagles number was believed to also be of interest to arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

It was reported last week that Nwabali was edging closer to signing for Pirates. This week, reports have emerged claiming that his price has risen back up to R35 million. Soccer-Laduma sources confirm. 

Price gone back up to R35 million?

“There are two main teams interested in Stanley (Nwabali). It’s Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates but there are also teams from Europe and the Middle East so the team is taking its time to agree to offers made because they want to make the best money out of this deal. That’s why they have the asking price at around R35 Million. They believe he is worth SuperSport that or even United more,” said a source to the publication. 

With Pirates thought to be front of the queue, is it then safe to say they’re willing to pay around R35 million for Nwabali?