Mamelodi Sundowns Sign Midfielder Erwin Saavedra, Club Admit to Missing Out on Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior
- Mamelodi Sundowns have officially unveiled their new signing, Bolivian midfielder Erwin Saavedra
- Erwin Saavedra joins Sundowns in the same transfer window as Teboho Mokoena and Surprise Ralani
- Manqoba Mngqithi admitted that Sundowns missed out on signing Vinícius Júnior before he became a Real Madrid player
Mamelodi Sundowns have officially unveiled their new signing, Bolivian midfielder Erwin Saavedra but did the club miss out on more?
Erwin Saavedra signed for the Brazilians from Club Bolívar in Bolivia where he scored more than 50 goals in 300 games.
Saavedra joined Sundowns’ midfield rank alongside fellow signings, Teboho Mokoena and Bradley Surprise Ralani, who also signed during the transfer window, KickOff confirmed.
Despite Sundowns adding significantly to their team this year, co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi admitted that the Brazilians missed out on two marquee signings.
As reported by The South African, Manqoba Mngqithi admitted the club was tracking two promising talents before they made big-money moves. Mngqithi said that the Brazilians were interested in signing Luis Diaz and Vinícius Júnior.
Mngqithi added that they were tracking Diaz before his move to Porto. Diaz spent three years at Porto and became of the most exciting wingers in Europe. He has since made his way to the English Premier League after signing for Liverpool in the January transfer window.
Mngqithi explained that they were also monitoring Vinícius Júnior at the Brazilian Cup but slacked in approaching. Vinícius Júnior then signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid and is now one of the biggest stars in world football. He’s already scored 12 goals in La Liga this season.
Did Teboho Mokoena make a mistake by joining Mamelodi Sundowns? Fans are divided on whether he's taken a step back
In other news related to Mamelodi Sundowns, Teboho Mokoena is a Mamelodi Sundowns player but the debate around whether his transfer to the Brazilians was a mistake rages on, Sports Brief earlier reported.
Mokoena signed from Supersport United despite receiving interest from clubs both locally and internationally. The Citizen recently raised the question about whether Mokoena had made a mistake by joining the Brazilians as he would have to fight for his place in an already congested team.
Former Mamelodi Sundowns player Jeremy Brockie also got people talking when he took to Twitter recently to wish Mokoena for his birthday, adding that he couldn’t wait to see him in Europe.