After Aston Villa achieved promotion to the Premier League for the 2019/20 season via the playoffs, the club has been linked to many players in the hope that they can have a successful summer to achieve Premier League survival next season. They’re likely to have a very high transfer budget for the upcoming summer after winning the playoff final and having rich owners that are very willing to spend.
One name that has been mentioned is Swansea City’s Andre Ayew. After reports came out from Ghana Soccer Net that Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has Andre Ayew on his radar, people have begun talking about the possible transfer.
The Ghanian attacker started his career at French side Marseille, he had two loan spells at Lorient in the 2008/09 season and at Arles-Avignon in the 2009/10 season. In Marseille, he made 152 appearances finding the back of the net 45 times in total. He’s also made over 80 appearances for his National side, captaining them on many of these appearances as he’s scored 14 times over the years.
He then joined Swansea City on a free transfer in the 2015/16 season. In the 2015/16 season, he made 34 appearances scoring 12 goals for the Welsh side as he attracted interest from North London side West Ham United as they bought Andre Ayew for £20m. At West Ham, he struggled to make an impact at the club as he made 43 appearances scoring only 9 goals.
Swansea City decided to re-purchase Andre Ayew from West Ham for £20m in the 2017/18 January transfer window as they then got relegated from the Premier League in the same campaign. This season he spent the season on loan at Fenerbahçe as he struggled to impress in Turkey with his loan ending this summer.
Swansea City and Aston Villa have a good relationship after buying and selling players to each other over the past few seasons, the most notable being the swap deal which saw Swansea City’s left-back Neil Taylor head to Aston Villa while Andre Ayew’s brother Jordan made the trip to the Welsh side.
The Aston Villa fans are against the move as they dislike the player as he hasn’t shown any good form over the past few seasons. If manager Dean Smith can bring him back to his early-career form, then Aston Villa will have a very good versatile attacker on their hands. He is also the Ghanian National Team captain as he’s shown good signs of leadership for the side.
The 29-year-old would be unlikely to cost a lot of money for Aston Villa after his recent disappointments but would be a very good rotation player for the club especially at the £5m reported fee and he would be unlikely to command a high wage. With Swansea City desperate to sell the Ghanian International as he’s on high wages currently that they cannot afford, this would be the perfect signing for Aston Villa.