With Marseille unable to afford to extend his contract, André Ayew will become a free transfer this summer. Perfect timing for Liverpool.
During the last January window and again this summer, Liverpool were often linked with making a move for Marseille forward André Ayew, but the Ghanian international remains in Ligue 1 and he is set to remain there until the summer when he contract runs out.
Under Marcelo Bielsa, Ayew has started the season in superb form, helping Marseille win seven out of nine games in the league. OM now sit on top of the table, five points ahead of Bordeaux in second.
Ayew has been lining up on the left of midfield in Bielsa’s 4-2-3-1 – his influence has been crucial, adding two goals and two assists. Behind Andre-Pierre Gignac in attack and beside both Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin, Ayew has been playing some of his best football, and still only 24 years old, it would be a huge loss if Marseille were to lose him, but it would be a huge gain for whoever lured him away from the Mediterrean.
Marseille don’t have the necessary funds to extend his current contract to the level he would expect, and former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Damien Comolli has suggested that Ayew will not leave this winter and it unlikely to attract the top Premier League sides.
“I think if they were interested, they would have signed him before. Being a free agent will make him attractive, but for teams between seventh and 20th in the Premier League, not the top sides.”
“In January, nobody will move for him because he will play in the African Cup of Nations.”
There is little doubt that Ayew is good enough to play for any of England’s top sides. He is already a leader and a positive influence in one of France’s biggest sides. He is of an age where he can still improve and grow as a player under the right guidance.
After this January’s African Cup of Nations, it would be another two years before he would take part again, for a free transfer, he would be an excellent signing. Marseille would loath to see him leave for nothing, so if Liverpool were interested, January would be the perfect time to make a serious move.