Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Club has made former Black Stars captain and Ghanaian internation Asamoah Gyan as their number one target for the 20/21 upcoming football season.
Gyan, who has publicly declared sometime ago that he will definitely play for the club before he retires from football is in talks with the club and hopes both parties will come to an agreement is also allegedly demanding an amount of $500,000 as an asking price.
Asamoah is currently Ghana’s most-capped player and all-time top scorer for the senior soccer team the Black Stars with 51 goals in 109 appearances. He has played for Sunderland, Modena, Rennes, Al Ain and Al Ahli Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Shanghai SIPG, Kayserispor. He has been without a club since leaving Indian Super League side NorthEast United early this year.
The Communications Director of the club, Moses Antwi Benefo in an interview with Kumasi based radio Oyerepa FM stated;
Everybody knows Gyan’s capabilities on the field. The only challenge we are facing in this bid is monetary,” Antwi Benefo added.
That is what has slowed down the discussions but we are hoping to reach an agreement that will be mutually beneficial to both parties.
We [management] have been tasked to make Kotoko economically viable and that is what we seek to achieve in every dealing.”It’s an open secret that Asamoah Gyan has declared he would love to play for Asante Kotoko
before he finally hangs up his boosts. And we at Kotoko believe the time to get him on board is now.”The management [of the club] has been given the green light to engage Asamoah Gyan.
We have been in an era where the fanbase has been a little dormant and we believe that acquiring Gyan will energize the fans to patronize our games. We can use him as a tool to attract sponsors and partners as well as bring our fans back into the stands.”