Kaizer Chiefs had to dig deep to get Khama Billiat to sign on the dotted line with them.
Criticised for their lack of activity in the transfer market, Amakhosi confirmed three signings on Friday.
Billiat was introduced to the Chiefs faithful with Letlhogonolo Mirwa from ABC Motsepe League side Buya Msuthu and Madagascan international Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, who was playing for Fosa Juniors in his homeland.
But it's Billiat's capture that has set tongues wagging, especially because he was linked to many clubs locally and abroad.
Mamelodi Sundowns were willing to take his annual salary to R6-million. The Brazilians had been desperate to keep their star man, but the Zimbabwean opted for Naturena, where a lot will be expected of him in the new season.
"It's not just money for Khama with this deal," said a source close to the player. Chiefs is a big club and it goes with his profile. What we are told is that Chiefs basically matched whoever was coming for Khama," he said.
However, sources who spoke to Celeb Gossip News vehemently refuted his claims that he didn't go to Kaizer Chiefs just because of money.
"Billiat had been offered R5 million per year by Sundowns, but he turned down their offer because Kaizer Chiefs offered him an extra R1 million on top of what he was going to get from Sundowns. Personally I feel he should have remained with Sundowns, he had more exposure at Sundowns than at Chiefs. With Sundowns he was made to play against Barcelona, a match that attracted millions of watchers from across the world.
"Sundowns have won the PSL more than any other team since 1994 when we attained our independence, and chances are that with Sundowns you will have more international matches to play than with Kaizer Chiefs. Lastly, he was Sundowns owner, Patrice Motsepe's favourite player. That alone was a big advantage because there is nothing more exciting than being greatly appreciated for your talent and efforts," explained one soccer fanatic who preferred to remain anonymous.
Billiat's other pursuers included Romanian side Steaua Bucuresti and Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag.
Andrianarimanana, who, like Billiat, is 27, will also be expected to hit the ground running. The attacking midfielder was named player of the tournament at the recent Cosafa Cup in Polokwane, Limpopo.
Mirwa is a left back. Chiefs have had to bolster this position after releasing Tsepo Masilela and Sibusiso Khumalo.
Chiefs are far from done in the transfer market.
Sunday World sources confirmed that they are still attempting to sign Talent Chawapiwa and Mosa Lebusa from Baroka and Ajax Cape Town, respectively.