Executive Member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Samuel Anim Addo says Asante Kotoko should not solely focus on the amount Asamoah Gyan's high demands but rather the economic impact the player will bring to the club.
Reports went rife on Monday that Gyan's proposed transfer to the Porcupine Warriors is on the verge of collapsing after the former Udinese poacher demanded to be paid $400,000 before appending his signature on a deal.
Reacting to the report during an interview with Accra-based Angel FM, Addo, who is the business manager for the striker, did confirm or deny the aforementioned asking price of his his client but urged the Reds to look at the benefits they will also get if they signed his client.
“I don’t know where the news is coming from that Gyan is demanding for such amount and even if that is the case, how many supporters do Kotoko have? Kotoko has about ten million fans and if they should secure the services of Gyan and sell one of his replica for GH¢10, what will be the benefit?”
“You look at the marketability, promotion wise and benefits he can make for the club. The number of goals he will provide has not been mentioned and to me we should look at the positives of bringing such a player to the club, finding a strategy to get him, let him be in the game, and let us all benefits,” he concluded.
Gyan is currently a free-agent after leaving Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC in January.
The former Sunderland star was said to be attracting interest from clubs in the South African Premier League but the reports have died down since Asante Kotoko came into the fray.
He is Ghana's all-time leading scorer with 51 goals from 109 appearances.