The 26-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe at present and could soon be on the move
By: Sammie Frimpong
Ghana deputy skipper Andre Ayew’s time at Wales-based English top-flight club Swansea City may end sometime during the ongoing transfer window, if reports about offers being presented/considered by top sides from the Premier League and beyond hold any validity.
A dozen goals in 34 league appearances in his only season thus far in England has seen the initial asking price for Ayew — who joined Swansea from Marseille on a Bosman in summer of 2015 — being pegged at about £15m and rising. It could easily prove a bargain for any club which secures his signature, notably the quintet below.
Liverpool, aside being Ayew’s self-confessed ‘boyhood club’, possess just the right setting for the ambitious Ghanaian’s next step: a fairly young group hungry for success, under reasonably less pressure to deliver than most elite clubs, and moulded by a man who is a genius at carving greatness out of such relatively raw material.
Ayew’s presence should provide that final push of inspiration that could give the Merseysiders an edge next season. And with his fluid movement, coupled with a remarkable versatility in attacking roles, Ayew should fit into Jurgen Klopp’s plans as easily as a hand would a glove.
If there’s a bigger problem Serie A side Napoli have in replacing departed attacking spearhead Gonzalo Higuain, it’s how to spend the £90m received from rivals Juventus for the free-scoring Argentine. Ayew may not guarantee as many goals in a season but, for a midfielder, his strike-rate and overall link-up play should make any like-for-like replacement for Higuain look good. And while the temptation to leave his mark in another country where his famous dad once played may be strong, it’s doubtful Ayew, after just one season in England, would be so eager to secure a new passport.
Now most people may see this as a move sideways instead of upwards and, in many ways, it’s hard to argue that viewpoint. Much has been said about Swansea’s poor form in the latter part of last season and, yes, Slaven Bilic’s West Ham are in Europe, but Dede might still be well-served to give the Swans at least one more season rather than jump ship for a club that isn’t generally too much of an improvement on his current employers.
Chelsea, unlike their west London neighbours, would definitely represent a step up but, if new boss Antonio Conte is to persist with the presumed 4-2-4 formation he’s set to adapt, it’s worth wondering where Ayew could play. The second striker’s spot would definitely be his preference but competition is tough enough for those places and the Ghanaian might struggle if shunted elsewhere. This, too, is a move better avoided.
Football is a team game, we are told, but there’ve been more than a few times when a player’s individual brilliance proves the peg on which many a team’s successes hang. Ayew, on his day, fits this categorization and it comes as little surprise that several reports indicate Manchester City are monitoring his situation in south Wales. It’s really not difficult imagining City’s freshly appointed Spanish manager, Pep Guardiola, running his figures over his bald pate in deep thought on how to enrich his squad with an Ayew coup.