Asamoah Gyan’s Commercial Director Samuel Anim Addo has revealed speculation that the Ghanaian striker is asking for a fee of $500,000. [€426,530] of Asante Kotoko before joining the local giants are wrong.
The former Sunderland and Udinese striker, who has been without a club since January, was heavily linked with the Porcupine Warriors ahead of the start of the 2020-21 football season in November.
Rumors of an imminent move have been heavily fueled by the 34-year-old’s longtime dream of wearing the Kotoko jersey before ending his playing career.
He played for Liberty Professionals before leaving the domestic league for Italian side Udinese in 2003, but the Kumasi-based side are the most successful club in Premier League history, having won 23 titles.
“I don’t know where the news comes from – that Gyan is demanding such an amount,” said Anim Addo. Angel FM.
“And even if so, how many fans does Kotoko have? Kotoko has around 10 million fans and if they were to secure Gyan’s services and sell one of his replicas [jerseys] for GHC10 [€1.5]what will be the benefit?
“You look at the marketing, the promotion and the benefits he can bring to the club.
“How many goals he will provide has not been mentioned and for me we should look at the positive aspects of bringing such a player to the club, find a strategy to get him, let him be in the game and we make it all benefit.”
Gyan’s last spell at the club was a four-month stint with Indian Super League side NorthEast United between September last year and January this year.
“Kotoko said they love him because he once said he would play for Kotoko one day, but so far no club has approached him with an offer,” Anim Addo told Graphic Sports in August.
“Gyan has had offers from Europe and Asia, but if Kotoko can meet our terms, then why not? »
Gyan has also played club football for Italian team Modena, Rennes in France, Al Ain and Al Ahli Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Shanghai SIPG in China and Turkish group Kayserispor.
The veteran striker is currently Ghana’s all-time most capped player and all-time top scorer with 109 appearances for the Black Stars and 51 goals.