Ghanaian captain Andre Ayew completed his return to Swansea City on deadline day in the January transfer window, bringing an end to his mixed 18-month spell at West Ham.
The deal for Ayew is set to pretty much recoup West Ham’s initial outlay on the 28-year-old attacker, meaning Ayew now holds the record for the third and fourth highest transfer fees paid for Ghanaian players in football history.
Below, we’ll look through the five biggest ever transfer fees paid for Ghanaian players.
5) Kwadwo Asamoah – Udinese to Juventus – £14.5m
Following an impressive four-season spell at Udinese, Asamoah secured a big money move to Italian giants, Juventus. He made a flying start to his career in Turin, playing a key role as his side won the Serie A title in his first two seasons.
Success for Juventus has continued since, reaching the Champions League final in both 2015 and 2017, while Serie A titles have continued to relentless follow. However, unfortunately for Asamoah, he has become very much a bit-part player following an awful run of injuries.
Recent reports indicate that Asamoah is set to leave Juventus in 2018, with his contract due to expire in the summer.
4) Andre Ayew – West Ham to Swansea – £20m
Players returning to their former stomping ground is always a gamble. Swansea, of course, will be hoping Ayew can reproduce the form that saw him net 12 goals in 34 league appearances in his solitary season in south Wales, as Carlos Carvalhal’s side look to avoid relegation from the top flight; the latest Premier League betting has the Swans at 11/4 to face the drop.
3) Andre Ayew – Swansea to West Ham- £20.5m
Ayes arrived at West Ham to much fanfare following an impressive debut season at Swansea City, but it’s fair to say he enjoyed a very mixed spell at the London Stadium.
Nevertheless, the move was far from a disaster, with Ghana’s captain scoring 12 goals in 50 appearances for the Hammers, prior to him returning to the Liberty Stadium for almost the same fee he left for.
2) Baba Rahman – Augsburg to Chelsea – £21.7m
Another Ghanaian player to make a move in the January transfer window is Baba Rahman, who joined Bundesliga outfit Schalke on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.
Rahman has been a victim of Chelsea’s mass purchasing of promising young players policy, making just 23 appearances in all competitions for the Blues since joining from Augsburg for a hefty fee in August 2015.
This is the second loan move to Schalke for Rahman, who may soon looking to leave Stamford Bridge permanently if his first team opportunities don’t improve.
1) Michael Essien – Lyon to Chelsea – £24.4m
While many big money moves for Ghanaian players have produced mixed results, the same can’t be said of Michael Essien.The holding midfielder was signed by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2005, as the Blues looked to fill the void left by Claude Makelele.
In an eight-season spell at Stamford Bridge, Essien made 256 appearances, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup and the club’s first and only Champions League title.
Essien was reunited with Mourinho during a loan spell at Real Madrid in 2012/13 and joined AC Milan the following year after leaving Chelsea permanently.
Now in the twilight of his career, Essien, 35, is currently plying his trade for Indonesian side Persin Bandung.