Arsenal have been linked with many players so far this summer, but today a new name emerged, 23 year-old Andre Ayew.
The link comes from reliable French media outlet L’Equipe who report that Gervinho could be part of a swap deal with the Ghanaian winger. They don’t talk about what else would be involved in the deal but they do say the financially struggling Marseille would struggle to meet the Ivorians £75,000 per-week demands. The erratic forward may have to sacrifice money for playing time and a move back to France. Newcastle and Lyon have also been heavily linked with Gervinho, but Arsene has had a long-term reported interest in Ayew, and perhaps that could be the telling factor in where Gervinho ends up.
Ayew turns 24 in December and has already been capped 43 times for his country. The winger would give Arsenal more options out-wide and with the squad is lacking in natural wide players this move could make sense. Andre’s main position is left wing, a position which has been shared this season between Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla. With 10 goals in 34 games and 3 assists to add to his name, Ayew would give the Gunners a nice alternative option on the flanks. Ayew was a key player for Marseille in a season that saw them finish second. The player spoke publically on his future a few weeks before the season ended:
“For the moment, the season isn’t finished – but after that we’ll sit down with the president and see what the club wants and what we can do, if we continue together or not, I’m happy here. I could stay.” he told Le Phoceen.
“Where we are today, we only owe it to ourselves – the players, the staff, the coach. No-one imagined us being in this position. We’ve been on the podium all season long, but sometimes we came back home and the fans were against us. Things like that hurt.
“They weren’t happy, and we didn’t know why, but we have given everything for the club. We don’t have any regrets. It was a transition year, but we did the most important thing – getting the club back in the Champions League.”