Two big-spending Egyptian clubs have been confirmed as having the financial muscle to sign Zimbabwe international midfielder Khama Billiat.
Reports in South Africa are that Kaizer Chiefs are contemplating massive restructuring at the end of this campaign and would be tempted to cash in on Billiat.
South African publication, KickOff, reports Egyptian teams, Pyramids and Al Ahly, are capable of paying up to US$1.5 million (approximately R22.37 million) for his services.
An offer in that region would entice Chiefs into letting go of the Zimbabwean forward, who is among the highest earners at the club.
An Egyptian agent quoted by KickOff said Billiat could go on to earn US$800k in Egypt if a deal is reached saying the negotiations are already underway.
“Pyramids can pay any transfer figure because they have the money and love spending. They can easily pay USD1.5 million and even US$2 million if they feel they really need the player.
In this case Pyramids should be more interested because they don’t care about the age of players as well but just like big-profile players.
“Billiat can as well earn US$800 000 [R11.9-million] per annum here in Egypt as a big-profile player. With Zamalek, they are out of the picture for now because they have already signed players in that position and don’t have the budget for a big-money signing.
“With Al Ahly they will obviously be guided by Pitso Mosimane in how much they should spend to bring in Billiat. Mosimane has worked with the player before and so knows him very well and he has deep knowledge of the South African market in terms of what can be paid for players,” explains the agent.
Interest in Billiat has again been a subject of the transfer window as he nears the end of what has been a largely disappointing three seasons at Kaizer Chiefs.
Just a single goal this term, three last season and 11 in his first, means Chiefs haven’t had the kind of return they had hoped for from the 30-year-old.
Billiat has now spent 11 years playing in South Africa having arrived as a teenager who thrilled at Ajax Cape Town and then became a success at Mamelodi Sundowns. Nhau/Indaba