Mamelodi Sundowns have been one of the quieter clubs during the transfer window, but that will soon change with the acquisition of defender Nyiko Mobbie from Free State Stars.
Unlike their rivals, the Brazilians are yet to announce new signings ahead of the upcoming season, despite being linked with a number of players.
One of those is the 24-year-old, who was one of the few shining light for Ea Lla Koto in a disastrous season where the club was relegated to the National First Division.
The Bethlehem-based outfit has already lost a few of its top players, and club manager Rantsi Mokoena confirmed to Soccer Laduma that a deal had been reached with the reigning league champions.
“We have been talking to a few clubs about some of our players and Sundowns showed a keen interest in Mobbie.
“And yes we have concluded a deal for the player and he will be joining them for next season. He has been a great servant for our club over the years and had become an important player for us.
“But unfortunately, we couldn’t keep everyone. We have gone through a restructuring process to prepare for life in the NFD and it was in Mobbie’s best interest to continue to grow his career elsewhere.”
The versatile player, who can play both on defence and attack, was a mainstay in the starting lineup for Stars, making 25 league appearances and only missing out of selection through suspension.
The right-back was promoted to the first team in 2016 and has since made over 50 starts for the club.
At Sundowns, Mobbie will compete with the likes of Thapelo Morena and Anele Ngcongca for a starting place, but his versatility could see him play elsewhere on the field, with coach Pitso Mosimane not shy of shifting his younger players to different positions.
He is the third player sold to a top flight club by Stars, following in the footsteps of Congolese midfielder Harris Tchillimbou, who joined rivals Bloemfontein Celtic and Sibusiso Hlubi, who will be turning up in Polokwane City colours.
The club has released all but three members of its 2018/19 squad, and have only kept Martin Kizza, Mpho Khabane and Relebogile Mokhouane.
“The game is so unpredictable and we are not prepared to throw away good money. Millions don’t guarantee anything,” Mokoena is quoted by TimesLive.