Report: Celtic won't be signing Andre Ayew after huge wage demands

By David Walton

June 23, 2021

Celtic will not be signing Andre Ayew thanks to his monstrous wage demands, Ghana Soccernet reports.

The report from Ayew’s homeland has stated that this is due to his huge wage demands of £80k-per-week. This is the same as he was earning during his time with Swansea City [The Athletic].

Instead, Ghana Soccernet believes he’s set to sign with Turkish outfit Goztepe. The player and club are said to be in advanced talks, with Ayew to complete a deal with them in the coming days.

It’s been reported that Ayew’s wage demands have priced him out of a move to any interested parties in Scotland and England.

That particular move would raise an eyebrow. After all, according to Salary Sport, Goztepe’s most expensive player rakes home £31k-per-week.

Celtic could never afford Andre Ayew if he wasn’t willing to play ball

This was only ever going to work if the Ghanaian captain was willing to drop his wage demands. If he was wanting even similar to what he was earning in Swansea then it still would’ve been a no-go. The idea that he wants the same? Even worse.

But there’s still a question to be asked of how Goztepe could afford to splash out on him. Given their wage structure, the arrival of Ayew on 80k would totally blast through it.

Regardless, from a Celtic perspective, this won’t be a blow for many. This never seemed like a deal that looked likely. There were far too many obstacles to overcome, chief among them Ayew’s wage demands.

Andre Ayew celebrates with Swansea City (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

It’s a nice thought that the Hoops were at least potentially monitoring him. That shows we’re in the market for genuine quality this summer and not just any old bargain we can get our hands on. Goodness knows we’ll need to make a big investment should we sell Odsonne Edouard.

With 91 caps to his name, Ayew would certainly have come with plenty of experience [Transfermarkt]. But Celtic need players who want to invest in the project here. Not those looking for a big pay-day.

If Ayew’s wage demands are indeed what he was earning in England, then clearly that’s all he’s concerned about.

In other news, the unity at Celtic Park this season will be a big shock for our rivals.