Pirates coach Jose Riveiro Moga CAF Champions League

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Pirates express interest in top midfielder – report

Orlando Pirates have reportedly set their sights on a talented midfielder from a PSL rival as they look to make some key off-season recruits.

Pirates coach Jose Riveiro Moga CAF Champions League

Will the Spaniard deliver more transfers? We think he will. Image: Backpagepix

It’s already been reported recently that Pirates have moved to bolster their depth in the midfield for next season after signing a young All Stars midfielder.

According to iDiski Times, highly-rated playmaker Siphelo Baloni – who has been one of the most effective midfielders in the Motsepe Foundation Championship – has been snapped up by Pirates. It’s reported that he has signed with the Soweto giants on a three-year deal after impressing in the Nedbank Cup round of 32.

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Pirates enquire about another midfielder

It’s now interestingly reported by Soccer Laduma that Pirates could be monitoring the situation of Lesedi Kapinga, who has been out of favour at Mamelodi Sundowns.

The article suggests that the Brazilians could consider sending the midfielder out on loan, but it remains to be seen whether this would be of interest to Pirates, or whether they would want to negotiate a permanent deal.

“They say they cannot get a player on loan from Sundowns, but they are interested in him,” a source is quoted as saying. “They have enquired about him, that’s true, but at the moment nothing much has happened.”

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More signings in the near future?

It’s been an incredible season for Orlando Pirates under coach Jose Riveiro, with the MTN8 champions having also lifted the Nedbank Cup on Saturday to complete a double.

In addition, they finished second in the DStv Premiership, and ultimately they have banked a total of R24 million in 2022/23.

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It means there will be some substantial spending money for Pirates to play with, and more signings are expected to follow in the next transfer window.

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As reported by leading SABC Sport journalist Mazola Molefe last month, goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi is set to join Pirates. The 25-year-old – who has impressed for TS Galaxy this season and earned a Bafana call-up last November – will bolster the team’s competition in front of goal.

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Melusi Buthelezi has been linked with Pirates. Photo: BackpagePix
Melusi Buthelezi is set to join Pirates ahead of next season in what was seen to be their first blockbuster signing for the 2023/24 campaign. Photo: BackpagePix