Asante Kotoko set to open negotiations with Asamoah Gyan ahead of summer transfer window

Ghanaian heavyweights Asante Kotoko are reportedly set to open talks with former Black Stars forward Asamoah Gyan ahead of a summer transfer Futball Surgery understand.

The overturning of club’s transfer ban by new CEO Nana Yaw Ampomsah means Kotoko can confidently walk into the transfer market to beef up their squad for next season.

They are already underway to make Justice Blay and Matthew Anim Cudjoe deals permanent and bring in new faces.

And former Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan is one of those faces expected to join the Porcupine Warriors this summer.

While Kotoko and Gyan have expressed interest in each other, there haven’t been any formal talks between the two parties as it stands now.

However, the record 23-time Ghana Premier League winners are now set to begin bringing in Gyan to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Kotoko CEO Yaw Amponsah will meet board of directors few coming days to discuss several issues including formation of management team, Kotoko’s African campaign and transfers of the Ghana Premier League side.

Kotoko have already decided to secure Gyan’s signature for the CAF Champions League competition and are only set to begin talks with him, meaning outcome of the meeting is likely to have no effect on Gyan’s transfer.

The 34-year old Ghana International quitted NorthEast United in the Indian Super League before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gyan has remained out of football for almost 8 months and with talks set to commence between him and Kotoko, he could return to action with a club he has set sight on retiring.

In 2013, Gyan told Angel FM that “I will definitely return one day to the Ghana Premier League where I will play for no other club than Asante Kotoko.

”I have and always been a big fan of Kotoko and always wish the club win games and trophies.”

The former Sunderland forward reiterated his desire in 2018, saying, “I have said it over and over again. I am definitely going to play for Kotoko.

“It’s official and confirmed – people know and I always say it. I am going to play for Kumasi Asante Kotoko before I retire,” he was reported by Ghana Sports Online as saying.

Gyan began his career in 2003 with Ghana Premier League club Liberty Professionals scoring ten goals in sixteen matches then spent three seasons with Seria A side Udinese via two seasons loan at Modena netting on fifteen occasions in 53 league matches and at Udinese where he scored 11 times in 39 league matches.

Gyan is the all-time leading goalscorer of the Ghana national team, with 51 goals. He represented Ghana at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

With 6 goals, he is the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup. Gyan has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven Africa Cup of Nations in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, helping them finish in third-place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.



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