Somewhat of a regeneration project is going on at Marseille at the moment. Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa has come in, and he is bringing players in and shipping players out. Mathieu Valbuena is one player whose time looks to be over, and another is former Liverpool and Arsenal target, Andre Ayew.
Bielsa has already signed Romain Alessandrini from Rennes and Michy Batshuayi from Standard Liege; Morgan Amalfitano has also returned from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.
Marseille have too many players who play in the wide area, and Italian paper La Repubblica are linking the older of the Ayew brothers with a move to Serie A outfit Napoli this summer, as coach Rafael Benitez tries to strengthen his squad.
In the past, the Ghanaian international had been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool, but with both Premier League clubs setting their sights a little higher than the Ligue 1 veteran, it has allowed Napoli to come in and make a move for the 24-year-old
Despite his young age, the midfielder has played 145 games in Ligue 1. One of the main problems that teams have found when scouting the player is his versatility - no one is quite sure what his best position really is.
Ayew is able to play on both wings, as a centre-forward and all along the midfield line. He is fast without being blessed with blistering pace.
He is very good in the air for a player of his size: we saw that at the World Cup with his header against Germany. His all-around game confuses people, but it could be ideal in the free-flowing Napoli attack.
One option being mooted is a swap deal between the two clubs that would send striker Goran Pandev to Marseille, which is definitely a position that Bielsa would benefit from having an experienced player to call upon.
Ayew would be a great option for Napoli, but he would also do well in the Premier League. He can score goals from all over the pitch, he is physical enough to handle the rigours of the league and his ability on the ball would make him a great signing for most teams.
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