Francesco Guidolin wants Andre Ayew to stay at Swansea City

Andre Ayew has been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium, but manager Francesco Guidolin is keen on the Ghanaian staying at the club.

Francesco Guidolin wants Andre Ayew to stay at Swansea City
Andre Ayew has been told he should stay at Swansea. (Photo: Getty)

Andre Ayew has been the subject of transfer speculation, mainly from Sunderland and Chelsea, but manager Francesco Guidolin has reiterated that he hopes the forward stays in South Wales.

Ayew has previously admitted to French TV that there are clubs interested in him and he would one day like to play in the Champions League, but he is also happy at Swansea City.

The Ghanaian finished the season as Swansea’s top scorer, and his manager seems keen on retaining his services for his first full season as Swansea manager.

Midfielder or forward?

Ayew played as the lone striker towards the end of the season, although stated he sees himself more of a midfielder than a forward. Guidolin disagrees however.

“He says he is not a striker and that he is a midfielder, but he has done well and in my opinion he is a striker and a good false nine,” said Guidolin.

“They are good characteristics we have discovered with him and I hope he stays.”

Recent reports have suggested that Swansea are open to the idea of cashing in on Ayew should a bid of over £15m comes in for the player.

Francesco Guidolin hopes his star will stay. (Photo: Reuters)
Francesco Guidolin hopes his stars will stay at the club. (Photo: Reuters)

How will the side look next season?

If Guidolin does plan on using Ayew as a striker next season, it would more than likely mean that the club aren’t going to sign another forward this summer, much to the fans disappointment.

It could also mean one of Alberto Paloschi or Bafetimbi Gomis would be on their way out of the club, probably the latter as Paloschi was only signed in January and generally performed well in his short stint so far.

Although playing Ayew as the lone striker could solve a number of problems at the club, as Modou Barrow is likely to see more playing time and at the same time more space on the pitch will be freed up for Gylfi Sigurdsson.

An extra cash injection into the club could also mean more money to be spent on areas such as a central midfielder and a right-back, where the side lacks quality.