There have been reports that Marseilles winger Andre Ayew would be available as a free agent in the summer, and there’s been some confusion about that, but he did sign a one year extension to his contract in the middle of December, so his contract doesn’t run out until next summer.
Andre Ayew – Marseilles struggling to pay wages
This is what Andre told L’Equipe on December 15th, although reports this year have still said that he is a free agent this summer:
“It’s true I have agreed a new one year deal.” “The last day, Vincent Labrune called me and asked me to stay.”
One good reason Marseilles wanted him to sign a new one year deal is financial in nature, and it’s to protect their investment in the player.
If Andre does move this summer to England, which still seems very likely, the French club will be able to get more in the transfer market for him.
And that move to get him singed up for another year seems to have been forced by Marseilles because they are not in a good financial position.
And news today that even though they are second top of the French league only two points behind leaders Lyon, Marseilles are surprisingly struggling to pay the wages of their players.
This is what Ayew has told French radio station RTL:
“Olympique de Marseille has had financial worries for some time and cannot pay some salaries.” “Now, today, I am at Marseilles but maybe I won’t be tomorrow.”
“I still give them time to work and I get along very well also with the president Mr. Labrune.” “I think we will have a discussion at a future time, we will take a decision together.”
“Now I do not have a resident agent. I work alone.”
So Ayew is working as his own agent right now – so maybe that will help keep down what it would cost to bring the 25 year-old Ghana International to Newcastle?
Of course Andre will have read about the new financial deal the Premier League has just agreed for the TV rights, with the new deal to start in just less than 18 months time.
There is no shortage of money in England (at least at the top level), although Andre has wanted to move to the Premier league for some time now.
But it does mean he will be a bit more expensive than he was when he was a free agent, and we still think if Liverpool are really interested – that club would be his number one choice.
But Newcastle could still be in with a chance, and he would certainly be an excellent signing for Newcastle, if we can get him to Tyneside.
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