Weeks after kick442.com stumbled and reported on a concrete offer from Orlando Pirates for the services of Marou Souaibou, three European giants have entered the race for the signature of the player who had started discussing personal terms with the Bucs.
According to our sources, Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Standard Liege, Armenia Bielefield of the German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 side Clermont Foot FC have established contact with related parties with the aim of securing the signature of the Cotonsport skipper.
Souaibou who was part of Cameroon’s squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament and was inch close to joining Pirates now have three new options.
Pirates had sent an offer of $200k to officials as a response to the demands of Cotonsport on November 1. The club was hoping to sign him on a three-year contract, but the head of 22-year-old seems to have more than that in it.
kick442.com understands the forward who scored 21 goals in all competitions last season will make a decision in the days ahead.
If he finally joins the Bucs, the striker will be registered by the Bucs during the January window.
Skipper of Cotonsport of Garoua in the past two seasons, Souaibou could leave the club as a legend – having scored 30 goals in 63 games in all competitions, the highlight being the winner in the cup of Cameroon final and a screamer in the semi-final of the title playoff against Eding Sport last July.
Souaibou is a quick, strong and ambidextrous forward, with capable hold-up abilities, but the Cameroonian is more keen to attack the goal and take every chance he gets to score.
In addition, the speedy forward’s prowess in the air, despite being only 5ft 11, gives variety to a team’s attacking plays. His excellent positional awareness and accuracy in front of goal makes Souaibou a manager’s dream.
Orlando Pirates are currently fifth in the DSTV Premiership, but have struggled to score goals this season. Coach José Luis Riveiro’s team only scored nine goals in 13 games this season.
The lack of goals this season is the reason the nine times South African champions pushed to sign the current Cotonsport skipper but rivals are providing real competition.
Before making his debut for the the Indomitable Lions against Jamaica in November, Souaibou played for Cameroon’s U-23 and Intermediate national teams – he scored for both categories.
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