After returning to the Marseille side this weekend, André Ayew all but ruled out a move away from OM this January.
After returning to the Marseille first-team this weekend after recovering from injury, Liverpool target Andre Ayew has all but ruled out a move away from France in January.
The 24-year-old, although much younger, is in the same situation as Andre-Pierre Gignac, with both players contracts finishing in the summer. However, after the 3-1 against Metz on Sunday the Ghanaian international was clear in his intentions this winter.
“We must end the year at OM. The transfer window, I don’t think so. But continue, yes why not? The president knows that the ball is in his court. I am at OM, I have always lived here, and the club has given me a lot. I have also given myself to this club. Why not continue the adventure? It depends on the club. It is me that is out of contract.
The problem that Marseille has is that is realistically can’t afford to increase the salary of both players this summer. Ayew is currently earning around €300,000 a month and is one of the club's top earners.
There is even a chance that Marseille can’t afford to increase either player’s salary before the summer, and that would mean losing both players for nothing. At 29 years old, Gignac wouldn’t command the biggest fee no matter how good a season he is having, but to lose Ayew on a free would be a disaster for the club.
Ayew’s father is legendary Ghana international Abedi Pele, the forward that was part of the famous Marseille side of the 90s that included Rudi Voller and Chris Waddle.
If Marseille could reach an agreement with Ayew that meant he signed a new deal but was sold in the summer, helping them keep Gignac on longer, that would be perfect for the club.
In the past Ayew has been linked with Liverpool, Everton and whole host of Premier League and European clubs. Marseille is the club of his heart and his family, but at just 24, there is still time for the forward to experience top-level European football outside of France.
Ayew’s versatility and attacking instincts would make him a perfect addition to Brendan Rodgers side this summer. He could play anywhere in the front-line or even as the central striker and would be the sort of player Liverpool fans would love instantly.
To lose both player on a free would be a disaster for Marseille, it would hurt to sell Ayew, but if they could do it after winning Ligue 1 ahead of Paris Saint-Germain – that could soften the blow.