SUNDERLAND will not pocket anywhere near a reported £15million figure for Asamoah Gyan, as the striker nears a permanent exit.
But neither are Sunderland expected to make a loss on the Ghanaian striker, as negotiations continue to seal his switch to Al-Ain.
The saga of Sunderland’s sale of Gyan drags on, with the 26-year-old (right) yet to finalise his move away from the Black Cats.
Reports in Gyan’s homeland this week suggested Sunderland were set to receive around £15m from Al-Ain, as the UAE outfit convert his loan move into a permanent deal.
That figure is wide of the mark with Sunderland in line to pocket a a more modest one, understood to be closer to £6m, in addition to the £6m loan fee they received from Al-Ain last September.
The total recouped would be less than the £13m figure Sunderland agreed with French outfit Rennes to sign Gyan two years ago.
But that £13m fee was based on a number of add-ons and Sunderland’s outlay on Gyan will ultimately fall short of what would have made him the club’s record signing.
Interest from elsewhere in the Middle East and from Turkish outfit Galatasary could see Sunderland pocket even more for Gyan.
But a permanent fee was pencilled into the loan agreement with Al-Ain and the UAE league champions are firm favourites to land the former Udinese striker.
Gyan has kept his options open over his future, albeit he has no chance of a return to Wearside, with Martin O’Neill happy to approve the exit of a hitman who scored 11 goals in 37 appearances for the Black Cats.
Yet the lucrative prospect of remaining at Al-Ain was always likely to attract Gyan to stay in the Middle East after finding the net 25 times last season.
Reports today suggest Gyan’s deal could be worth up to £140,000 a week, double the massive wage hike agreed when he joined Al-Ain on loan for an estimated £70,000 a week tax-free.