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Al Ain must pay £10 for permanent Asamoah Gyan deal

Published on: 02 May 2012

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan will join Al Ain on permanent basis if the UAE-based club are ready to part with £10m.

Sunderland are seeking the amount to release the player to Al Ain after the Asian side expressed the confidence of keeping Gyan.

This will make this total transfer fee £16m with Sunderland making a profit of £3m as he joined the English side from Rennes for £13m.

The Ghana attacker seems likely to permanently leave Sunderland after Al Ain chief executive Carlo Nohra claimed he was "very confident" of signing the striker.

The deal is likely to be completed within four weeks with Gyan likely to get another bumper tax-free pay rise from Al Ain.

Gyan has helped the United Arab Emirates club to the Pro League title after joining on loan from the Black Cats for a fee of £6million in September last year.

The Ghana striker has been a key part of that success after netting 22 goals in all competitions and is keen to remain in the Middle East.

Nohra claimed in March that the club had first option to buy Gyan outright and despite outside interest believes a deal will be struck with Sunderland this summer.

"I'm very confident that he will be staying," he said.

"He has indicated on a number of occasions that he would like to remain at the club.

"There is a loan agreement that we need to work out with Sunderland, but what is really important is that the player wants to be here and we would like to keep him. So now it's about working out the logistics of a transfer.

"That doesn't mean it's going to happen, but the seeds are there for us to ensure that this becomes a long-term deal."

The 26-year-old will have two years of the contract he signed when he joined the Black Cats from Rennes during the summer of 2010 remaining at the end the current season, and his future could have a major bearing on manager Martin O'Neill's transfer plans.

Gyan arrived on Wearside on the back of a series of impressive displays for his country at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa as then manager Steve Bruce invested a club record £13.1million on him.


This article has 26 comment(s), give your comment
  • Asamoah Dapaah says:
    May 02, 2012 11:31 am
    who cares?
  • cofie says:
    May 02, 2012 12:08 pm
    this guy is a coward. he fears real competition! who agrees with me?
  • kwadjo says:
    May 02, 2012 12:21 pm
    Gyan is too young for UAE, He needs competitive league.
  • Brafo says:
    May 02, 2012 12:35 pm
    This Asamoah guy is all about money and not improving his game. He goes to this female league in UAE score goals over there, plays for the Black Stars in Afcon, face better players and became average very quickly and could not create any goals. This goes to show that when one plays in tough competitions they build creativity to get the goals since they do not come easily. He scored 22 goals in that league not because he is that good but rather the competition is very weak I know we all work for money to feed our family but we also work to develop our skills. We work to move up not down.
  • aa says:
    May 02, 2012 12:57 pm
    Do you know him? Do you know what family he comes from? Do you know where he was born? Do you know the responsibilities he has? Do you know what he has been through? Do you think he plays football for beautiful countries or big leagues. It is his job. He is offering a service. If you are getting paid 200000 dollars every week tax-free then leave for England where you will be paid £80000 with 45% tax. You must be DIZZY
  • aa says:
    May 02, 2012 01:00 pm
    My brother, he is offering a service. As if it was you, you will leave $200000 tax free for £85000 wit tax taking half of your money. It is bumper deal. If he plays that club for five more years, he will be good to retire and do what he enjoys most.
  • Johnny says:
    May 02, 2012 01:13 pm
    "Al Ain must pay £10 for permanent Asamoah Gyan deal" Does this site have an editor at all? Do the writers read what they write before (and after) they post them? Ten pounds? That's all? LOL!!!
  • benny says:
    May 02, 2012 01:49 pm
    @aa--You are making your point but please stop cooking figures from thin air to buttress your point.In your first comment you quoted Gyan was getting paid £ weekly and in your second comment you quoted £85.000.Which is which.Gyan was not getting even half of any of your two figures. I feel sorry for those saddest who have develop an insatiable appetite in slaughtering GYAN. Is it not stupid to keep hammering on something you can't change.Gyan is made his decision and there is nothing you lot can do. Gyan is better of at AL AIN than Sunderland whose best is mid-table.
  • Psych says:
    May 02, 2012 02:04 pm
    Plus, if he stays in UAE, he has a drastically low chance of getting injured compared to any other competitive league. I gotta tell you though as a Ghanaian, I would love for him to play in a good league, but as a person who understands money, UAE seems like the best decision (no contest). Anyway, it is really his call.
  • Kwamina says:
    May 02, 2012 02:15 pm
    Ten Pounds! That is roughly ghc30. I will raise the money to buy him to partner Mahatma Otoo upfront for Hearts of Oak!
  • Rastaman says:
    May 02, 2012 02:38 pm
    It is sad the way some Ghanaians talk as if we own these national team players. Soccer is their life, and that is where they make their living. Should Gyan be playing in the best league in the world, as most Ghanaians hope he must, and he gets permanently injured, which I never want to happen to him as a friend or enemy, I am wondering how many Ghanaians can even make a contribution towards his hospital bills for playing in the best league they so wish for him to be playing. Please think about!! Can we leave this guys to play their game wherever they they so wish to play. What is it about us that never want to leave people to make their own personal choices? It is just unbelievable. Can we change our mentalities for just a little bit? Thank you.
  • E Man says:
    May 02, 2012 03:23 pm
    Gyan should choose what he wants, it's his life, but people should stop making excuses concerning if being paid premier league salaries will make him a pauper and unable to survive/look after his family. He is paid around £30-40K a week at Sunderland and even if tax is deductded would still be earning over £1m a year (net), excluding bonuses or endorsements. How much money does a person need to live in Ghana. I am not complaining that he chooses to play in UAE but those who keep going on like he is in the same situation as some of the previous black star players who truly have no money and are DESTITUTE should get a clue.
  • JD says:
    May 02, 2012 03:29 pm
    Let him go and play kick about in the desert. Gyan is a traitor to SAFC. Was an average striker at a poor french club and now he has seen an opportunity to make big money. I dont know what its like in Ghana but in England when you sign a player for £13 mil you expect him to be loyal to the club for at least 50% of his contract before he requests a transfer. He'd barely got started at Sunderland then he asks to go and play in a bullshit league. No ambition, no integrity, no loyalty. I hope he breaks his legs!!
  • JD says:
    May 02, 2012 03:35 pm
    Listen, what about the people who buy their season tickets which pay his wages and the supporters who pay to have Gyans name on their shirt. Football doesnt work like that you dont go and just play where you want and as a professional sportsman he should be aiming high not wasting his ability in a piss poor league. I would understand if Arsenal or Man United wanted him but to go to the UAE and stick his fingers up at us SAFC supporters like he has done is unforgivable. It's not like we had a good striker to replace him with and he knew that when he left. The guy is money grabbing scum!!
  • Johnny says:
    May 02, 2012 04:22 pm
    LOL!!!, @ Kwamina's comment
  • Johnny says:
    May 02, 2012 04:33 pm
    C'mon, JD! You could've done the posting without the last sentence!
  • RAY says:
    May 02, 2012 05:45 pm
    My club SAFC could have kept Gyan but chose to take a world record loan fee instead. I have little sympathy with Gyan but SAFC did not cover themseves in glory here.
  • GhanaBoy says:
    May 02, 2012 06:21 pm
    I have never been a big fan of Asamoah Gyan. He's an average striker who has never had any trait of loyalty in him. He is a cowards and easily breaks under pressure (Afcon 2008: when he wanted to quit because of criticism). I reckon the only reason he doesn't want to return to Sunderland is out of fears everyone will realise how rubbish he actually is. Sunderland fans should be happy this clown left their team, however we Ghanaians are a bit unlucky because we constantly have to watch this baboon don our national kit and pull out his rubbish performances, because the fucking GFA are in love with him and won't stop licking his bum.
  • James says:
    May 02, 2012 06:43 pm
    Didn't he turn up for this years African cup injured after playing in UAE? So thats your theory proved wrong straight away.
  • James says:
    May 02, 2012 06:48 pm
    @Rastaman. Can you give me an example of a high profile player, playing in one of Europe's top leagues who has become permanently injured, then just abandoned by his club, suddenly lost all of his career earnings, and have to rely on fellow countrymen to pays his hospital bills?
  • jesse says:
    May 03, 2012 12:00 am
    It is unfortunate that some fools have been carried away by rumors.Gyan the subject matter when question about the matter said he cannot say where his future lies but you find fools who are carried away by any newspaper headlines to comment on the lads future,Sunderland wanted the money and so they gave the green light,and Gyan wants the money so he went to he stays put!Whether Gyan will go to Europe or not,its entirely up to him.
  • Tony says:
    May 03, 2012 07:59 am
    This man could have been a hero at Sunderland but instead was a MERCENARY!! aa commented...he obviously doesnt understand football. It shouldnt be about the money...and 85000 per WEEK,PER WEEK, Should be enough for anyone!! Good Riddance to bad rubbish!
  • Tony says:
    May 03, 2012 08:09 am
    Benny....Sunderland will be a top six team after this season everyone else is sure. You cannot slate aa for quoting figures when you are talking about "mid table team at best" which obviously suggests you know nothing either!! Gyan is obviously not better than either of these teams as no other "better" teams are exactly queing up to sign him! He is a MERCENARY! End of!
  • JD says:
    May 03, 2012 09:25 am
    OK maybe I was a little bit strong on that one. But I'm sick of players like Kenwyne Jones, Dijbril Cisse, Darren Bent and Gyan. they are given a fantastic opportunity to play for one of the best supported clubs in Engalnd. SAFC has a proud heritage and the ambition to be a top Premier League side. Just when we seem to have turned a corner we get let down by a player that we have invested heavily in.
  • benny says:
    May 03, 2012 07:31 pm
    @tony--sunderland will be top six in your dreams ignorant pillock.
  • benny says:
    May 03, 2012 07:33 pm
    listen to that idiot,£85000 A WEEK.Where did you get that figure from.