Should we snap up Andre Ayew, the African midfielder available on a free transfer this summer, as has been mentioned in the Daily Star…?
Marseille’s president Vincent Labrune has categorically declared that the 25-year-old Ghanaian will be leaving the club on the expiration of his contract.
“We can’t keep Ayew. He is a very important player for OM but we can’t offer him the kind of money that English clubs can offer,” he said.
“The French financial system is complicated and we can’t offer him an equivalent salary to what he can earn in England.
“And equally, we can’t ask Ayew, who we love and is an icon for our team, to accept a lower salary.
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“That makes no sense so unfortunately he is going to quit the club and we hope he has a great career that he deserves in England or somewhere else.”
Ayew’s strengths lie in his physicality and his versatility. He can play on either flank (although he’s more suited to the left), and has been used in various central positions too – including the anchorman and no.10 roles.
But really, he’s a left winger, and from this position he’s notched nine Ligue 1 goals this term for Marseille, who for some time were challenging for the title, although that’s now faded.
Ayew would be a shrewd squad signing, although in reality, he’d probably not bolster our first-team too much. If Tomas Rosicky leaves on a free though as is expected (via the Sun), there’ll be room in the squad for enforcements, with Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell currently out on loan and surplus to requirements.
Really though, we want Arsene Wenger and the board to focus on marquee targets instead.