Celtic target Andre Ayew has been earning a massive £80,000-a-week while at English Championship side Swansea.
Ghana Soccernet, the outlet from Ayew’s homeland, have reported recently that Ayew is on the radar of Celtic this summer. The Bhoys had previously held an interest in the player when Brendan Rodgers was manager.
Ayew has been in fantastic form no doubt. He helped Swansea to the promotion play-off final at Wembley last month. Across the season he netted 17 goals in all competitions for the Swans. [Transfermarkt]
However, with his contract running out, he’s exploring new options.
Despite his experience and form, a move to Celtic still feels unlikely.
The Athletic conducted an interview with the player last month. The outlet reported that he’s been earning £80k-a-week in Wales.
For Ayew, it’s not a point of controversy despite his recent second-tier status. He said: “When managers or people speak about money, when you look at football it’s a sport where when you do your job very well, you get paid more as the years go — it’s the same as a journalist, it’s natural.
“If you get to that stage, and when I look at what I’ve done, I can’t be sitting down and saying I’m earning too much money. No. Because I’m working hard and I’m doing everything to deserve what I get.”
That’s completely fair enough from his perspective. However, if he wants to keep earning at anywhere near the same level then I doubt he’ll be rocking up at Celtic.
The Bhoys operate on a pretty strict budget and won’t be shelling out on a high five-figure-a-week salary for a 31-year-old. Not a chance.
And that’s fine from our perspective! I’m not angry about that. If anything it demonstrates how difficult the market can be for the club.
Reality dictates that Ayew won’t be at Celtic Park next season unless he is in it for the challenge and not the cash.
When you consider that Turkish side Fenerbahce are also in the hunt for his signature, this transfer rumour quickly falls apart. [Sport Witness]
Still, we do need attackers next season, don’t we?