Marseille Regroup Without Ayew Bros

ayew brothers French giants Olympique Marseille have regrouped for pre-season under new boss Marcelo Bielsa without Ghana World Cup pair Jordan and Andre Ayew.

giants Olympique Marseille have regrouped for pre-season under new boss Marcelo Bielsa without Ghana World Cup pair Jordan and Andre Ayew.

The brothers have been given extra time for holiday after playing for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup and are expected to rejoin their colleagues next week.

Marseille stars who were not involved in the World Cup include Andre-Pierre Gignac have been preparing feverishly under the new manager to seal their places in the squad.

With reports linking winger Andre Ayew to English pair Liverpool and Manchester United, the new manager would be tee up his squad with the Ghana international not featuring strong in his plans.

Andre’s younger brother Jordan, who spent second half of the season at relegated Sochaux has reportedly been told he is surplus to requirement is looking for a new club with Lille and Nice monitoring his condition.

However, the young striker who played in all three of Ghana’s World Cup games will travel to France to train with the squad before a decision is reached on his future.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Olympique Marseille is ready to sell Jordan Ayew to Lille after the northern France club made a bid of €4.5 million for the forward.

Lille are in the market for a striker following Liverpool’s 14 million Pounds bid for their Belgian striker of Kenyan descent Divork Origi and have identified Ayew as the right replacement, according to Le10 Sports.

Lille president Michel Seydoux is an admirer of Ayew. Schalke, West Brom, Stoke and Hull City are also on his heels, but the desire to stay in Ligue 1 will force him to opt for Les Dogueus.

Ayew spent the second half of last season on loan at Sochaux and scored five goals.

*AC Milan are to sell Ghana international Michael Essien for a fee of €4 million in order to buy Blerim Dzemaili from arch-rivals Napoli.

The Rossoneri are looking for reinforcements and have pinpointed the 28-year-old Swiss international as the ideal candidate to freshen up the midfield department after Essien failed to live up to expectation.

Tuttosport reports that with Dzemaili’s contract due to expire next year, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is happy to accept a discounted fee somewhere between the range of €3.5-4 million. Milan are ready to fund the deal by selling the former Chelsea star this summer.

Dzemaili played in the ongoing World Cup in Brazil where he scored once in two substitute appearances.

Olympiakos, Trabzonspor and clubs in UAE and Qatar have all expressed interest in signing Essien.

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