Cape Town City midfielder Ayanda Patosi is unlikely to remain in the Mother City for the upcoming season, and the club is not prepared to let him go for cheap.
The 26-year-old spent the latter half of the 2018/19 on loan at Esteghlal FC in Iran, but could not secure a permanent deal with the club – despite impressing in his short spell there.
Speaking to KickOff, City chairman John Comitis revealed that the player is eyeing an overseas move, with an offer from an unnamed club in the region of R15 million.
I have one offer that I’m considering from a club in the Middle East, and there’s another two clubs that have sent us proposals but we’re waiting to see,” he told the publication.
“Patosi still wants to play overseas. We have to work on it. If all fails, he’s still got two years with us and we’d love to have him.
“I think he would make a big difference to our team, but at this stage we are working closely to assist him to stay overseas.”
Comitis said the player was only interested in an overseas move, and not considering any potential offers from local outfits.
“In this team, when we scout players, our first priority is to promote them to overseas, you know. This one [Patosi deal] will be $1 million-plus.”
Patosi joined the Citizens during the 2017/18 season, and make 32 league appearances – scoring nine times – before his stint in Iran, where he bagged four goals in 11 matches.