With less than a fortnight to the official opening of the Winter transfer window, Premier League’s top shots have been dealt a massive blow in their pursuit of Ligue 1 star.
The curtains have been closed over the gust potentially pushing Ghanaian ace forward, Andre Ayew, to the Premier League as the player has agreed a new deal to keep him at Marseille for the next 12 months.
The 25-year old had been monitored by Arsenal, Liverpool and United over the past year as his previous deal was set to run out by the summer of 2015. Ayew could have been free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with any club of his choice in January, six months to the end of his contract with Marseille. However, with the L’OM having a prosperous season so far seating at the top of the Championnat ahead of PSG, Ayew perhaps has good reason to turn down the interest from England to see to the possibility of a fully successful season at the Velodrome, with the potential culmination in either a League title or a return to the Champions League.
The signing of a new deal will now end the rumours of a potential Premier League move for Ayew who had been widely tipped to follow in the footsteps of compatriots Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan, John Pantsil, John Mensah and Chelsea’s new boy Christian Atsu, who have all turned out in the Premier League.
Ayew, the elder of two sons of African Football legend Abedi Pele, has been one of Wenger’s admired young talents since breaking unto the scene in 2010, where he won the prestigious BBC African Footballer of the Year award, even ahead of Chelsea’s Didier Drogba who had won the Premier League as top scorer. His consistency in the Ligue 1 has been especially impressive, with a decent return on his goal records with 37 goals in 140 League games for Marseille since making his debut in 2007 at 18.
With the African Cup of Nations to start in January, it is hard to really imagine any clubs pushing to sign any African players at the moment as they will have to give them up for the three-week tournament, which would certainly be the case with Andre as Ghana will be one of the favourites in the 16-nation tournament. It could be the reason prompting the short-term extension, with a view, perhaps, to chase a bigger deal elsewhere in the near future.
Arsenal, as well as the rival chasers, will now turn their attentions to other targets, albeit for one year.
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