Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan could be axed anytime soon by his club Shanghai SIPG, according to South China Morning Post.
The 30-year-old joined the Chinese Super League outfit from United Arab Emirates side Al Ain FC in 2015 but ‘has failed to live up to expectations’, prompting plans by the Red Eagles to part ways with the former Sunderland player, the paper said.
Gyan is reported to be earning $350,000 a week, making him the highest paid footballer in Africa, and ranked sixth in the world. However, in an attempt to reduce their bulging wage bill, SIPG want to sack the Ghanaian and free up one of their four slots for foreign players, according to the report.
The Black Stars top scorer made ten appearances in the Chinese Super League last season, claiming four goals but has played only six games out of eleven this term, netting two goals.
SIPG manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is reported to have expressed interest in Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian striker Hulk as Gyan’s replacement.