Liverpool and Chelsea are set to fight it out to determine the future of Marseille winger Andre Ayew in the near future, as reports in France claim that it’s virtually assured he will leave Ligue 1.
Despite his club initially fighting tooth and nail to get him to put pen to paper on a new deal it would appear that they have now resigned themselves to losing him and, if they can’t sell him in January, are happy to let him go for free next summer.
Ayew, who performed admirably for Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil, has long been on the radar at both Anfield and Stamford Bridge and, with him unlikely to cost very much at all, could be in line for a big move to the Premier League.
Just where it is that he will end up remains to be seen, with Jose Mourinho already having a surplus of wingers on his books and Brendan Rodgers already having similar wide players in Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana.
Following the sale of Luis Suarez Liverpool attracted a host of attacking players to their cause, and yet their current campaign has stalled somewhat. If the situation remains the same in January then perhaps Ayew's signature will once again be sought.
One player Chelsea won’t have to worry about finding room for is William Carvalho, who revealed to Portuguese sources that he never had any intention of leaving Sporting Lisbon.
The Portugal midfielder was hotly tipped to move to English shores but failed to do so this summer, and has now made it clear that he won’t be pushing for a big-money transfer anytime soon.
His comments will not only impact upon Chelsea but also Arsenal and Manchester United, with both of those sides having showed genuine interest in signing him. The young midfielder has been compared to Patrick Vieira in the past and is known for his redoubtable tackling and strength. Whilst he remains in Portugal questions marks will linger over his potential to crack a tougher league, but he seems happy to remain where is for the time being.
It’s unlikely to bother Mourinho too much given how well Francesc Fabregas has settled in, but it could be food for thought in the future. The Special One finds himself in a position where he must deliver trophies this campaign, having failed to do so last term, and a failure to compete with the likes of Manchester City might see Roman Abramovich wield the axe.