According to the Daily Mail, Schalke and Lazio are both interested in signing Swansea City attacker Andre Ayew.
With the European transfer window set to close on Monday, either the Serie A or Bundesliga club could be preparing a late move for the Ghanaian forward. However, as per the aforementioned report, Ayew’s £80,000-a-week wages could prohibit a departure from the Liberty Stadium.
The 29-year-old appeared to have no future with the Welsh club earlier in the summer. Having spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce, there seemed to be no room for him at Swansea. However, new Swans boss Steve Cooper has brought Ayew back into the fold in recent weeks.
Ayew has repaid this faith with some impressive performances. He scored twice for the Swans against Northampton Town in the League Cup, and then registered two assists in a Championship clash with QPR.
However, it remains to be seen if Swansea are still willing to move him on this summer, should an offer come in.
Swansea can probably afford to let Ayew go. Certainly, the wages they’d save in doing so could be reinvested in the squad. Cooper has alternative attacking options, and he appears capable of getting the best out of them.
However, keeping hold of Ayew beyond the transfer deadline would be far from a disaster. The 80-cap Ghana international has already demonstrated that he has the ability and appetite to have an impact this season.
Therefore, this situation is something of a win-win for the Swans.