Championship chasing Highlanders will miss out on signing triangle and Warriors midfielder Pascal Manhanga after the Lowveld side demanded US$30 000 for the player.
Bosso made moves to sign the player who had also made clear his intention to move to the Bulawayo giants, but the deal is unlikely to happen even if Triangle reduce the asking price as Highlanders have already used up their budget for transfers this year.
Manhanga was dropped from the squad that faced Highlanders a few weeks ago, after expressing his wish to join Kelvin Kaindu’s side.
Sources at Highlanders this week told IndependentSport that both the player and Bosso were keen on the deal, but the asking price was an obstacle.
Highlanders are looking to replenish after the loss of Milton Ncube and Kuda Mahachi to South Africa. Manhanga emerged as one of the top targets.
“Terms had already been agreed with the player and while Bosso wanted to go all out and look for funds for the deal, the asking price has deflated any interest for the time being,” said the source. “It’s something that could happen in the next transfer window probably, if the demands are lowered.”
Highlanders are looking at freebies mostly to add to the squad and already Njabulo Ncube has confirmed his return from FC Platinum.
Ncube was sidelined in the last couple of weeks and only started training with the team yesterday, as negotiations between the two clubs took place.
Highlanders could re-sign Ricky Sibiya who has returned from a stint in Swaziland.
Bosso’s attempt to snap Benson Maglasi from Harare City might also have hit a brick wall as Harare city coach Bigbow Mawiwi is blocking sale of the player.
Maglasi has been used sparingly at the Sunshine Boys since he dumped Caps United at the beginning of the season and is looking for game time.
Mawiwi insists that the player remains a big part of his plans and will not let him go just yet.