As the domestic rugby calendar winds down in the northern hemisphere, Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks are planning for next season by announcing the signing of Springbok scrum-half Faf De Klerk.
On Monday it was announced by Sale Sharks that the Aviva Premiership club had secured the services of the highly rated De Klerk from the Golden Lions on a three-year deal.
In a statement released by the Sharks, Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said he was ‘made up’ by the signing.
Now however, according to Rugby365, it appears the Lions are claiming that no deal has yet been done for the coveted 25-year-old, with Lions chief executive Rudolph Straeuli claiming negotiations are still underway.
“They [Golder Lions] are in negotiations with the Sale Sharks regarding the contract offered Lions scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and will make a statement on the issue once the player has returned to South Africa.
“Negotiations are under way and I have not signed anything regarding the offer to De Klerk.
“The team is focused on their third game on tour and an official announcement will only be made once they are back.”
The Lions have taken such a position in the past as only last year the club refuted claims Franco Mostert had joined Top 14 side Lyon on a two-year deal. The French side threatened legal action after it transpired that the 26-year-old was instead set for a move to Japan to train with the Ricoh Black Rams before a move back to the Lions in his native South Africa.
This latest development in the reported move for De Klerk could see Sale fans watching on nervously, hoping that they are not about to see their world class signing come to nothing.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena