Belgian side Anderlecht have placed a price tag of €10 million (R 115 m) on their striker Dieumerci Mbokani of the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose contract stretches till June 2014.
The club’s manager Herman Van Holsbeeck has confirmed that a number of European top flights such as Everton, Newcastle and Juventus were eyeing the 26-year-old former Monaco player, who has won more than 35 caps with the Purple White since 2011 and scoring 22 goals.
“Mbokani has been doing great since last season and I can confirm that top clubs like Everton, Newcastle and Juventus have shown interest in the player,” Holsbeeck said on Wednesday.
“However, we are not ready to let go our attacker if we don’t get an offer equaling his skills and work rate, which we have pegged at €10 million. We could accept this amount even if we know we can get something higher,” he said.
Mbokani was vital in the DR Congo’s return to the continental scene following their qualification to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Leopards coach Frenchman Claude Le Roy said on Wednesday he would host 31 home based players at a workshop in the country’s capital Kinshasa from December 8 to 23 to pick those he could add to his Afcon squad.
The Leopards will open their campaign against Ghana on January 20 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth before subsequently facing Niger and Mali in Group B.