Transfer Target: Emmanuel Adebayor

by Robbie Deighan

Following the big money signing of Edin Dzeko, Manchester City have begun to ship out some of their plethora of attacking options, and Emmanuel Adebayor may be next to go.

Who? Emmanuel Adebayor. Most of are familiar with the 26 year old Manchester City and Togo centre forward. First introduced to the Premier League in January 2006 when Arsenal signed him for £3 million, “Baby Kanu” had a solid start to his Gunners career and eventually reached spectacular heights in his third season with the North London club, scoring 24 league goals with 30 in all competitions. The following season he failed to reproduce the same form and, amid rumours of a frosty relationship between Adebayor and some of his team mates, Arsenal sold him on to City for a fee believed to be in the region of £25 million. He enjoyed a decent first season at Eastlands scoring 14 times in 26 league games, but this season he has featured sporadically in Roberto Mancini’s side.

Is he available? With the arrival of Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg it seemed that Adebayor was destined for the exit door. However, with an injury scare for Mario Balotelli and Roque Santa Cruz’s recent departure to Blackburn Rovers doubt has been cast on Adebayor’s availability. We do know that Mancini does not fancy him and the player can’t be too content with life on the bench. A recent training ground bust-up with Kolo Toure further hints at Adebayor’s unhappiness.

Who wants him? Tottenham apparently.  It sounds just about mad enough to have some truth behind it. Harry Redknapp had no problems bringing ex-Arsenal captain William Gallas to their bitter rivals at White Hart Line last Summer so Adebayor’s Arsenal past should be no issue. Real Madrid are also reported to be sniffing around as they are desperate for some power up front since Argentinean hitman Gonzalo Higuain looks set for a long stint on the sidelines following a recent injury. Liverpool and Fulham have been linked with signing him on a six month loan.

How much would he go for? Man City hardly need the money so they would gladly let Adebayor rot on the bench rather than sell him to rivals Tottenham, no matter what the fee. Real Madrid seems the likelier option and they would surely be willing and able to pay the £20 million City would be looking for. The potential loan move to Liverpool could work, considering Liverpool are no longer a threat to City. The Manchester club could demand a higher transfer fee if he impresses on Merseyside and selling next Summer rather than now would be beneficial because Adebayor would be cup-tied in European competition if he moved to another club during this window, which devalues him by a few million. Although do Man City care about a measly few extra million? If he misses the London lifestyle, Mark Hughes could be re-united with Adebayor at Fulham.

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