Andre Ayew to leave Swansea City on free transfer


Record signing Andre Ayew will leave Swansea City on a free transfer when his contract expires this month.

Ghana captain Ayew, 31, has scored 35 goals in 106 appearances since rejoining Swansea from West Ham for an initial £18m in January 2018.

Ayew’s salary – he is Swansea’s top earner by a distance – meant his exit was inevitable after the club missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

Veteran forward Wayne Routledge has been offered a new deal.

The 36-year-old is Swansea’s longest-serving player having racked up more than 300 appearances since joining the club in 2011.

Routledge told BBC Sport Wales last month he was not sure if his time in Wales as about to end and he then suffered a serious knee injury in the play-off semi-final second leg against Barnsley on 22 May.

Ayew originally joined Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille in 2015 and, after one impressive top-flight season in which he scored 12 goals in 35 appearances, joined West Ham for £20.5m.

He returned 18 months later in what remains a club-record deal but could not save Swansea from Premier League relegation.

Ayew spent the following season on loan at Fenerbahce, but came back to Swansea in 2019 and has ended the last two campaigns as boss Steve Cooper’s leading scorer.

His final appearance for the club came in last Saturday’s play-off final defeat by Brentford at Wembley.

There was a belief Ayew would be handed a new deal had Swansea won that game, but a 2-0 reverse spelt the end of his time at the Liberty Stadium.

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