Soccer News of Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Chinese Super League giants Shanghai SIPG have made a shocking big-money offer for former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan which could see the Ghana captain attacker earn $250,000 per week.
Sources close to ESPN FC have revealed that the Chinese side have slapped in the offer to Al Ain as they are seeking to sign the Ghana international from the UAE side.
With Gyan earning about $200,000 per week at Al Ain, a bigger offer is the only reason why the Ghana captain would leave the UAE side as he insists he is happy in the Arabian country.
Insiders told GHANAsoccernet.com that the Chinese are ready to offer the Ghana star $250,000 per week to force him to leave the UAE side Al Ain.
Gyan, 29, is currently plying his trade in the UAE with Al Ain, but former England and Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who took over at Shanghai in November 2014, wants to make him a marquee signing in a bid to lift the club’s profile.
City rivals Shanghai Shenhua have already agreed a deal to bring in former Chelsea star Demba Ba from Besiktas and second-placed Shanghai SIPG now want to bring in their own big-name striker for the second half of the campaign to help boost their title charge.
Gyan is the current Ghana captain and is the country’s all-time leading goalscorer with 48 goals in 90 games while he has been in prolific form in the UAE Pro-League scoring 73 goals in 63 appearances to help them retain their title.
The Ghanaian had a two-year spell at Sunderland between 2010-12 and scored 10 goals in 34 appearances for the Black Cats before joining Al Ain — initially on loan but then making the move permanent a year later.
He signed a new contract last summer, extending his stay at Al Ain until 2018.