6 Ghanaian Footballers Who Made Big Moves To The Premier League

(L-R) Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan

Ghanaian footballers have been involved in some of the biggest transfers to the Premier League over the years.

Some Premier League clubs had to break their transfer record fees to acquire Ghanaian footballers who they considered very important to help improve their squad.

Mohammed Salisu became the latest Ghanaian footballer to join a Premier League club.

The 21-year-old signed a four-year deal with Southampton for a reported fee of £10.9m.

With Salisu joining the Saints, we decided to look at some Ghanaian footballers who made big moves to the Premier League.

A lot of Ghanaian footballers have signed for Premier League clubs, but the footballers below made the biggest moves.

Michael Essien to Chelsea

Michael Essien joined Chelsea on August 19, 2005, from Lyon for a fee of £24.4 million.

Michael Essien with his Champions League medal in his mouth after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 finals

The transfer fee, at the time, made him the most expensive African footballer in history, surpassing the £24 million Chelsea paid for Didier Drogba the previous summer.

At Chelsea, Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one League Cup. He won the UEFA Champions League in 2012.

Baba Rahman to Chelsea

On August 16, 2015, Rahman signed for Chelsea on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be an initial £14 million, rising to a potential fee of almost £22 million.

Baba Rahman joined Chelsea on a 5-year deal in 2015 (image via lalasport)

He made his debut on 16 September 16, 2015, in a UEFA Champions League tie, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 win at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Asamoah Gyan to Sunderland

Asamoah Gyan on August 31, 2010, signed for Sunderland on a four-year deal for a fee of £13 million, breaking the club’s transfer record.

Asamoah Gyan during his time with Sunderland (Getty Images)

He scored on his debut for Sunderland against Wigan Athletic on 11 September 11, 2010 after coming on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck.

Gyan scored 10 goals in 34 Premier League matches during two seasons at Sunderland.

Sulley Munatri to Portsmouth

Sulley Muntari signed a five-year deal with Portsmouth on May 30, 2007, for a new club record fee, believed to be around £7.1 million.

Sulley Muntari celebrating after scoring for Portsmouth (image via Portsmouth)

He was a regular member of the first XI throughout the 2007–08 season, playing 29 League matches and scoring four goals.

Muntari also won the 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth. He left Fratton Park after one season to join Inter Milan.

Andre Ayew to Swansea City

On June 10, 2015, Andre Ayew joined Swansea City on a free transfer, signing a four-year contract.

Andre Ayew (image via Getty Images)

Ayew scored his first goal for the club on his debut against Chelsea on August 8, 2015, in a 2–2 draw.

He was named Premier League Player of the Month for August 2015 and also received Swansea’s monthly award the GWFX Player of the Month for August after making an immediate impact, scoring three goals in his first four league appearances.

Ayew, in 2016, signed a three-year deal with West Ham United for a then club record fee of £20.5 million.

Jordan Ayew to Aston Villa

On July 27, 2015, Jordan Ayew joined Aston Villa on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £8 million.

Jordan Ayew (Getty Images)

He scored his first goal for the club on October 24, 2015, against his elder brother’s club, Swansea City, in the 62nd minute.

Aston Villa were relegated at the end of the 2015–16 season, winning only 17 points, but Ayew did end the season as their top scorer, albeit with just seven goals.

source: kuulpeeps.com

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