Sevilla Manager Lives Up To Promise As New Striker Joins
Ayew points to the exit: The Ghanaian striker has signed for Spanish side Sevilla
Perhaps the lesser known of the two Ayew brothers, Jordan, 23, has agreed to sign a four year contract with Liga BBVA side Sevilla, for a fee of £750,000.
The Ghana striker, who is the younger brother of Marseille winger Andre Ayew, had previously been a transfer target of German club Schalke 04, as well as English Premier League side Stoke City. The two brothers, both of whom were born in Marseille, had played together at the club since 2007, with both being considered key players in the squad at times, though Jordan fell out of favour with the management, and was shipped out on loan to Sochaux last season, where he appeared in 30 league games for Les Lionceaux. The plan was for Ayew to spend another season on loan at Sochaux, but the pacey striker, capped 19 times by his country impressed boss Ariël Jacobs in training, and he managed to hold down a place in the Marseille starting XI in the first half of this season.
Brothers In Arms: The Ayew Brothers, above, have been with their hometown club together since 2007
However, Ayew was clearly hurt by being left out of the side in the previous season, and told the Belgian manager that he would be leaving when his contract expired in the summer. Ayew told MARCA that he was grateful to Marseille for seeing his potential and aiding his career, but felt that change was needed. Jacobs tried to persuade the Marseille supporter to sign a new contract with the club, but Ayew refused. Initially, Sevilla had attemtped to sign him on a free, but their ears pricked when when they were told that Ayew could be signed immediately, and parted with a compensation fee of £750,000 in order to do so. Previously, manager Luis Fabiano had stated his intent to sign a striker to replace the recently sold Carlos Bacca, and now Ayew will meet up with his Ghana team-mate Richmond Boakye at Sevilla.
Sevilla will have to wait to see their new man in action however, as Ayew's Ghana side is currently participating in the African Cup of Nations - they will also be without Boakye during this period.