Monday, 15th August, 2011

Marseille are doing their best to ward off interest from Arsenal in talented young midfielder Andre Ayew.

The Ghana international has been mooted as a possible arrival at the Emirates this summer as Arsene Wenger looks to invest the money received from the sale of Cesc Fabregas and the expected sale of Samir Nasri.

But Ayew will not come cheap, with a rumoured €13M buyout clause having seen the deadline for activating it pass, according to Marseille Sporting Director Jose Anigo, who also did his level best to warn Arsenal off making a bid for the 20-year-old.

"You read and here things [about Arsenal], I can understand that, but we are not sellers", said Anigo following Marseille’s 2-2 draw with Auxerre yesterday.

"There is talk of a clause", admitted the Marseille transfer supremo, "but it has a deadline and that has passed.

"Today it is quiet, [Ayew] wants to stay."

Ayew was on the scoresheet in Marseille’s weekend draw, grabbing the second goal for Didier Deschamps men.

However, linked with Manchester United last season and now with Arsenal taking a close interest, it appears that Ayew’s future in the long term will be away from the Stade Velodrome, with his continued development sure to attract more scouts to the south of France, and big money bids will surely follow.

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