Dale Granger reports that Stormers star Schalk Burger, already the highest earning rugby player in South Africa, has been approached by French and English clubs Toulon and Harlequins with offers of €650 000 (around R7-million)and £450 000 (around R6-million) respectively to sign for the European clubs.
The deal is about three times what Burger has been earning from his Springbok and Western Province contracts.
However, with endorsements and sponsorships, the World Cup winning Springbok is believed to be banking between R5-6-million a year.
The offer from cash flush Toulon is significantly higher than the €350 000 they have reportedly offered Burger’s World Cup winning teammate, Springbok lock Bakkies Botha, who has signed a five year contract with the Bulls, who are sticking to their guns that he will remain on the books at Loftus.
And it’s unlikely that Burger, who has always said he wants to stay in South Africa, will change his mind.
Stormers managing director Rob Wagner said on Tuesday that Burger still had two-years to run on his contract with the union and they were confident of retaining the star No6.
“Schalk has always said he wants to stay in South Africa where he is a huge asset,” said Wagner.
Sharks managing director Brian van Zyl was not surprised that Toulon and Harlequins had put such huge offers on the table.
“There is not a team in South Africa who would not love having Schalk. The only question is who can afford him? At this stage probably only the Bulls,” said Van Zyl.
“But if he was ever to go overseas, I would imagine that his choice would be Saracens (the English Premiership club recently bought by SA business magnate Johann Rupert).”Tweet