Out of contract at the end of the season, there are a few clubs interested in making a move for Marseille forward Andre Ayew this winter. Liverpool are said to be keen to add the versatile forward to their lineup, but news from Italy suggests that former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants to steal the Ghanaian international from under Brendan Rodgers nose.
In order to keep pace with Juventus and AS Roma, the Napoli boss knows he must add some quality to his squad in the January window and the current Ayew situation is perfect for the club from Naples.
It is understood that the 24-year-old is unlikely to resign with the French club as they cannot increase the contract to the level he would expect, not unless they raised significant funds in the January window.
President Vincent Labrune doesn’t want to let a player that has come through the l’OM youth system leave on a free transfer this summer, so selling one of their assets is the only option.
Most of Marseille resources are likely to go to trying to extend the contract of in-form striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. There is little chance that the club can afford to sign both to new contracts.
Italian newspaper Il Mattino suggests that Napoli would offer Marseille around €2 million for the player, which is a huge bid for a player that could be available for free in the summer.
Liverpool might not want to pay so much for a player with six months left on his contract. But there is no doubt that Ayew is good enough to win a role in the current Liverpool side, and the player could add another dimension to the Reds attack.
With Mario Balotelli up front, Liverpool has sometimes lacked support in attack, with players not running beyond the often static centre-forward. Ayew would provide that support to the Italian and help bring more players into the game in the final third.
Once the window opens in January, if Napoli’s interest is genuine, Liverpool shouldn’t let him join Serie A without a fight.