Smiling Assassin: Transfer Opens Move to Newcastle

Harare - The recent move by Knowledge Musona to Belgian giants Anderlecht - believed to be more than €6 million (about US$7 million), becomes the second biggest transfer in the history of a Zimbabwean footballer.

Though the details of the financial deal which took Musona from KV Oostende to the 34-time Belgian champions have been kept under wraps, it has since been revealed that Anderlecht made a bid last year to try and secure Musona’s signature from KV Oostende.

Benjani Mwaruwari, another former Warriors skipper, holds the record for the record transfer figure for a Zimbabwean after he was acquired by Manchester City for £9.5 million (about US$12 million) from Portsmouth in January 2008.

“I sold Benjani to Man City when I was at Portsmouth for £9, 5 million, which was quite a decent amount for him,” former Pompey manager Harry Redknapp told BT Sport.
Knowledge Musona

“I said Benjie you have got to go to Man City, won’t you and he said I like it here boss I want to stay, then I told him no, no you have got to. Man City is a big club you will love it in Manchester. I had to shove him out of the door.

“He gets to the airport, he was going to get onto the plane, he let one plane go, two planes go, I was asking him Benjie what are you doing, he gets onto the last plane and gets to Manchester at 10:15. Eriksson was the manager at Man City and only he could pay £9.5 million for Benjani.

The man who put that price tag on Musona’s head, Luc Devroe, who was the then KV Oostende sporting director has now taken over a similar position at Anderlecht and was crucial in bringing the Zimbabwean to the Belgian giants.

Belgian media reported that Devroe put a US$7 million price tag on Musona’s signature last year and when he crossed the floor to join Anderlecht, he then decided to try, and succeeded, in completing the deal.

Devroe also lured Croatia defender Antonio Milic from KV Oostende to Anderlecht. Belgian billionaire, Marc Couke, was the chairman and main shareholder at KV Oostende when the club invested in the services of Musona after acquiring him from German side for €500 000.

Musona’s move could also open possibilities for a transfer to Newcastle United given there are strong links between the two clubs with Anderlecht providing the English Premiership club with Aleksander Mitrovic who was later loaned to Fulham where he exploded last season.

Anderlecht are the most successful Belgian club in European competitions having won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup twice in 1976 and 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1983.

They also won the UEFA Super Cup twice in 1976 and 1978 and have a bigger profile than Club Brugge in the game around the world having also been the home for such prominent players like Everton’s Romelo Lukaku. 

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