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Mamelodi Sundowns signing said goodbye and completed $2.5M move

New Mamelodi Sundowns signing said his goodbyes to Club Atlético Lanús as he joined Sundowns in a $2.5 million deal.

23-01-24 13:59
Rhulani Mokwena Mamelodi Sundowns - Khuliso Mudau
Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Rhulani Mokwena. Image: X

New Mamelodi Sundowns signing said goodbye to Club Atlético Lanús, as Matias Esquivel, their recent signing, prepares to make his mark in the Premier Soccer League, according to iDiski Times. The new Sundowns deal, valued at $2.5 million (R46.7m), solidified the midfielder’s move to the South African giants.

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The Argentine playmaker finalised personal terms last month already. Setting the stage for a much-anticipated move that sent shockwaves through his homeland. Despite widespread expectations of a potential European move following his stellar campaign with Primera División’s fourth-placed team, Esquivel is set to join Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Esquivel, a standout and exciting performer in the Primera División, is set to touch down in South Africa this week. Aligning his arrival with the DStv Premiership leaders’ mid-season pre-season during the continental showpiece Africa Cup of Nations.

Expressing gratitude to his former club on Instagram, the Argentine midfielder wrote, “Thanks for all these beautiful years I lived with you! Since eight years in the club!!! Thank you eternally.”

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The 24-year-old joins a well decorated sqaud of international talents, including Marcelo Allende, Ribeiro Costa, Abdelmounaim Boutouil, Júnior Mendieta, and Abubeker Nasir. Sundowns will now navigate the challenge of adhering to the foreign player limit set by the Premier Soccer League.

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Divine Lunga’s strategic move involves registering as a South African, and it directly influences the club’s foreign quota dynamics. Sundowns, facing a limit of five foreign players, must actively make adjustments, creating uncertainties regarding the players they might need to sacrifice in order to accommodate Esquivel.

The fate of Júnior Mendieta and Abubeker Nasir, yet to establish themselves as key figures due to injuries. But remains uncertain as the club reshapes its lineup to integrate the Argentine sensation into Rulani Mokwena’s first XI.

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