Update in Percy Tau/Al Ahly saga, what does it mean for Chiefs?

Kaizer Chiefs were rumoured to have targeted Al Ahly star Percy Tau ahead of next season, but there’s a twist!

Tau has one more year left on his deal with Al Ahly, and Chiefs are believed to be watching closely.

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The Bafana Bafana international was in scintillating form for Al Ahly prior to the 2023 Afcon in Ivory Coast. He ended the 2022/23 season with 17 goal contributions in 42 games. That saw his name linked with overseas interest once again. A promising start to the season saw Tau get six goals but he seems to have stagnated on them, with no assists. His form from the previous seemed to be the driving point for contract extension talks.

This new contract was set to make Tau the most paid player on the African continent. According to Egyptian reports, it would’ve been a three-year deal. That would’ve have seen the 29-year-old earning R23 million annually. It would then increase by R1.9 million in the first year. Then R2.8 million in the second and then R3.8 million in the final year. That would’ve seen the attacker spend the rest of his prime years at Al Ahly. 

Al Ahly make Tau U-turn?

According to the last report, Al Ahly had backtracked on that offer, opting to cash in on the player instead. It was believed that the club went back to the drawing board and decided to continue with a new contract for Tau. But on revised terms which were not as lucrative. This publication then reported that the Egyptian giants were ready to sell for a good price. This, seems to have also sent Chiefs into high alert. 

Chiefs are believed to be monitoring the situation and are ready to bid for Tau. They seemed to stand a better chance, when the player was fined by Al Ahly for remonstrating against his substitution. This came in their CAF Champions League win. Now it was thought his relationship with coach Marcel Koller has gone from bad to worse. That was supposed to seal his fate at the club, who were willing to sell him. 

Now according to KickOff.com Al Ahly have since made yet another U-turn with regards to Tau’s future. It is believed that they’re now ready to fend off interest from Chiefs by offering him a new deal.

No chance for Chiefs?

“It has also been claimed that a decision has been made to extend Tau’s stay in Cairo, despite his reported intention to leave them in search of another opportunity elsewhere, with the player said to want a move back to Europe and also recently being linked with a switch to DStv Premiership side Kaizer Chiefs.” Wrote the publication. 

Is that now the end of the road for Chiefs in their pursuit of Tau?

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