Report: Ex-Sunderland man Asamoah Gyan could return to England, Chelsea interested

Asamoah Gyan of Sunderland looks dejected

The Ghanaian record goalscorer currently plays for Shanghai SIPG.

Asamoah Gyan of Sunderland looks dejected

Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could spring a surprise with one of his first signings for the club according to a report from the Chronicle, with the Blues allegedly interested in bringing former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan to Stamford Bridge.

Gyan is currently playing in the Chinese Super League for Shanghai SIPG after a four-year spell with UAE side Al Ain following his departure from the Stadium of Light in 2011.

The 30-year-old, who with 48 goals in 95 caps is Ghana's all-time leading goalscorer, became Sunderland's record signing in 2010 when he joined for £13 million after impressing at the World Cup in South Africa.

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However, his time on Wearside was not hugely successful as he netted just 11 times in 33 appearances in his only full season at the club before leaving for Al Ain.

In the UAE and China he has been a goalscoring phenomenon, hitting 128 goals in just 120 games in the former and 10 in 15 for Shanghai, but with the star commanding a reported pay packet of £227,000 per week, it is thought his club are willing to sell him this summer.

According to the Chronicle, who cite sources in China, Chelsea are interested in what would be a shock deal to bring Gyan to Stamford Bridge as long as they can convince the striker to take a significant pay cut.

Italy's coach Antonio Conte.

Though Gyan is undoubtedly a talented goalscorer, any such deal for a man whose career highlights have largely come on the international stage and who failed to set England alight in his single season in the Premier League would surely be a huge risk for Conte upon the Italian's arrival.

Having said that, Chelsea need more options up front, and there is a superb player still in Gyan despite his ventures out east in recent years.

Sunderland's Asamoah Gyan

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