From R4-million before the beginning of this season to R20-million today, this is how Kaizer Chiefs’ pursuit of Bafana Bafana and Royal AM striker Victor Letsoalo has escalated just in a space of less than 12 months.

Following the conclusion of the 2021/2022 season Saturday, Chiefs caretaker coach Arthur Zwane confirmed that the club is interested in the services of Letsoalo but at the same revealed that he is not sure if they will be able to afford his services.

Letsoalo, who made headlines during the COSAFA Cup in Gqeberha in July last year, finishing as a top goalscoring with four goals from only three matches, is also on course to finish second on the DSTV premiership goal scoring charts, as he is currently on 14 goals and two assists, just behind runaway goal scoring machine Namibian and Mamelodi Sundowns international striker Peter Shalulile (22 goals and five assists).

SABC Sport understands that Letsoalo was offered to Chiefs for only R4-million when he was still at Celtic, before the club was sold to Royal AM, and he could have possibly even come cheaper when the sale of iSiwelele was in transition to Royal AM.

But indecisiveness inside the club, which was also caused by the reluctance of the technical team, led by former coach Stuart Baxter, saw this potential deal collapsing.

But throughout this season, Chiefs is understood to have kept the negotiations open with MaMkhize’s club, but the price kept on going up and they are alleged to have wanted R8-million midway the season.

Letsoalo continued to make headlines, including scoring three goals against Amakhosi this season and this saw Thwihli Thlwahla completing a double over the Soweto giants in the league.

Analyzing the lack of strikers at the club, as Chiefs looks to part ways with Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro and Lazarous Kambole, Zwane couldn’t hide that they are in search of quality strikers.

And he identified Letsoalo as a key target, but was not sure about the deal being concluded.

“Is Victor Letsoalo the type of a player that can play for Kaizer Chiefs? The answer is yes. But can we get him, you understand what I’m saying?

“Those are the challenges, you know, that you are faced with? And it’s the reality, you know,” said Zwane.

What type of strikers, will Chiefs get for the 2022/2023 season, time will tell as Mangethe looks to usher in a new era of the Kaizer Chiefs way that will possibly end the silverware drought that the Amakhosi faithful have been subjected to for the past seven seasons.

By Velile Mnyandu

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