It was never going to take long.
Eight Premier League appearances into his Swansea City career, and Andre Ayew will have awoken this morning to media stories linking him to a big money move away from the Liberty Stadium.
Of course, the infamous English football transfer window is currently closed, but speculation is already rife that Jurgen Klopp will attempt to make the Ghanaian international one of his first Liverpool signings in January.
In one sense, this is a rumour all too easy for the media to pounce upon. Klopp has previously made a failed bit to sign Ayew from Marseille while in charge of Borussia Dortmund, and the 25-year-old forward is apparently a lifelong Liverpool fan.
But even if this particular story proved to be futile, you sense that Swansea will soon have to brace themselves for approaches for Ayew – who has been a revelation in the domestic campaign thus far.
He has added an extra dimension to Garry Monk’s side – capable of creating from deep or out wide, and also of finishing well in front of goal. His work rate and willingness to track back is at a level that every football manager craves from his players.
His strike on the opening day of the season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge has been followed by clinical headers in home games against Newcastle, Manchester United, and Spurs.
In short, Ayew has been in the sort of form that will always serve to attract the attention of the media and opposition clubs alike – and capturing the August Premier League Player of the Month award left many pundits scratching their heads at how the Swans had managed to slip under the radar to sign him on a free transfer.
Such work of course, is testament to the club’s ongoing transfer policy, but it is now critical Monk and Chairman Huw Jenkins rebuff any attempts to move Ayew away from South Wales.
That is not to say the Ghanaian is indispensable, but his current form will be critical if the Swans are to match or even better their record breaking exploits of last year.
Furthermore, to allow a player of his ability to leave mere months after signing him should not even be considered unless a ridiculous sum of money is offered.
News of Klopp’s apparent intentions will sadly be all too familiar for Swansea fans, who since reaching the Premiership, have already seen the likes of Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen, Wilfried Bony, and Michel Vorm have their heads turned by big money moves.
The Jack Army can now only hope that the imperious Ayew doesn’t follow suit – but regardless, the club must now brace themselves for offers.