Bhasera's transfer to Portsmouth hangs in the balance
LONDON – Zimbabwean International full-back Onismor Bhasera’s move to English Premiership side Portsmouth might not happen after all.
Kaizer Chiefs are apparently demanding £300 000 (close to R4 million), for Bhasera, but Portsmouth are not willing to cough up, despite having secured a work permit for him already.
According to PSL records, Bhasera’s contract with Chiefs expires on 30 June 2010 and Chiefs’ football manager, Bobby Motaung, hints that the Zimbabwean left back’s move to Pompey could remain a pipe dream.
“We are still negotiating with them,” Motaung says.
“If they don’t pay, he will come back to us to look for a team and if they pay, obviously he will join them,” Motaung adds.
Motaung also dismisses rumours that part of the transfer fee they are demanding is to cover for what they paid for Zhaimu Jambo, also from Zimbabwe. Rumour has it that Chiefs claim that they never intended to offload Bhasera, but Bhasera is the one who decided that he was leaving and therefore, the team didn’t plan or budget for Jambo.
“The media can put it the way they want. We are still negotiating with Portsmouth and that’s Chiefs’ position on the matter,” he says.
Motaung made it clear that they are negotiating a transfer fee, which means that’s the sticking point at this stage.