Percy Tau in R50m transfer to Brighton

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Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - South African soccer star, Percy Tau, has officially completed his move to English Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 24-year-old and his camp have been waiting patiently for Mamelodi Sundowns to finally agree to the transfer of the playmaker to the English side.

Tau is on the verge of concluding personal terms with Brighton and Hove Albion though the deal between South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns and the English Premier League club has been concluded‚ ending a drawn-out five-month transfer saga.

Tau, from Witbank, was named best player in the Premier Soccer League last season and has earned in the region of R50 million for Sundowns, in the process becoming the most expensive South African footballer in a major windfall for the ‘Brazilians’.

Sources close to the deal told The Southern Times that the total value of the deal is 3.1 million pounds‚ which includes bonus payments for targets achieved‚ like when Tau has played a certain number of games.

Sundowns is also set to receive 10% of any deal Brighton might strike for Tau in future.

It is still not known how long Tau has signed for, but he will be loaned out this season in order to gain more experience.

Because of his late arrival for the pre-season preparations at Brighton, Tau has been given time to settle into football in Europe before he can be thrown into the Premier League.

Tau is the 10th new signing before the start of the season for ambitious Brighton‚ including Mali international Yves Bissouma from Lille in France in a five-year deal‚ Morocco’s Soufyan Ahannach from Sparta Rotterdam and Nigeria centreback, Leon Balogun.

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