Any hopes some Leeds United fans may have had of Marcelo Bielsa’s side signing Andre Ayew appear to have been dashed, with The Sun on Sunday (19/1; page 63) disclosing Swansea City’s asking price for the striker.
It was claimed by Ghanasoccernet in mid-December that Leeds were preparing an offer for the 30-year-old, who has scored 10 Championship goals this season.
Ayew worked with Bielsa at Marseille. Nevertheless, with the Whites yet to make a permanent addition to their first-team squad since January 2019, it was difficult to imagine that the promotion-chasers had a genuine chance to land his signature.
A loan move is surely out of the question. Swansea have their own promotion hopes so will not want to lose their top goalscorer unless they receive an eye-watering offer.
And it turns out that any offer would need to be worth £18 million to be deemed eye-watering, with The Sun on Sunday (19/1; page 63) reporting that that is the Swans’ asking price for the Ghana international.
It must be noted that The Sun on Sunday do not name any clubs who may be interested in Ayew. So it remains to be seen if any of the sides who have been linked previously do make any attempt to land the forward before the deadline.
TBR View – Leeds move out of the question with £18m asking price
It will hardly be a hot take to suggest that Swansea’s asking price rules Leeds out of the running for his signature.
Even if the Whites have been or are currently interested, it would take a dramatic change in strategy for Leeds to make a bid that comes close to the Swans’ reported valuation.
It looks to be a safe bet to assume that Ayew will remain at the Liberty Stadium beyond this month if his asking price is indeed £18 million.
Leeds fans would certainly be forgiven for writing off any remaining hope they may have had following the initial reports last month.