In one of the most lively transfer sagas involving a Ligue 1 player, Ghanaian attacker Jordan Ayew appears to be closing in on a move to Aston Villa after all.
The player went on strike and fled to England after Lorient refused an offer from Aston Villa which met their previous €10m valuation of the player.
Since then, Aston Villa have had a €14m offer accepted by Lorient for the player late yesterday. That is a fee excluding bonuses, with possibly another €2m being added on to that.
But the cost to Aston Villa is going to be even more. Our well informed colleagues at Ouest France confirmed this morning that while a fee agreement between the two clubs was now in place, a deal was not complete. According to one of the media outlet’s journalists, the player’s agent, Mark McKay is believed to be demanding an agent fee so gargantuan that Aston Villa have threatened to throw the whole deal. The player’s signing on fee is also currently another bone of contention.
Ayew should end up signing for Aston Villa, but at what cost? More undoubtedly to follow.