According to a source, Stars want R6 million for the player, but Chiefs feel that R6 million is too much for a defender.
“The teams are still talking though, but if Stars don’t lower their asking price, then the deal could well fall through,” said the source.
Meanwhile, Stars have released physiotherapist Tebogo Sethunya and replaced him with Ryan Coert.
Coert is returning to the club, having left Ea Lla Koto to join Vasco da Gama and later Chippa United.
Chiefs & Pirates Unlikely To Land Stars’ Chabalala?
Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates could see their interest in Free State Stars defender Justice Chabalala rebuffed by the club.
In April 2016, the Siya crew broke the news that both the Amakhosi and Bucs were after the defender’s services in order to bolster their backline options ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
With both sides experiencing serious defensive problems, conceding 30 goals each in 30 league fixtures this past campaign, it is understood that they could be set to fight it out for Chabalala’s services.
According to sources close to Ea Lla Koto, the Bethlehem-based outfit are said to have been made aware of the interest in the player from the two teams, however they will be looking to hold on to him for the 2016/17 season in order to challenge for top honours, especially after reaching the semi-final stages of the Nedbank Cup.
The Limpopo-born centre-back joined Stars prior to the 2015/16 campaign after his impressive trial spell in August 2015 under the watchful eye of Kinnah Phiri and his technical team.
Chabalala has gone on to have a relatively successful campaign in his first full PSL season in the Free State. Though Stars are trying by all means to keep him, it is thought that they could be tempted to sell him if they receive an offer that is too good to turn down.