Where will Adebayor end up?

by Ben McAleer

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

So it’s pretty much a known fact that Emmanuel Adebayor is a dead cert to leave Manchester City. Manager Roberto Mancini admitted that the sooner the Togolese striker leaves the club; the better is the opinion of the Italian. Adebayor already wants his move to Real Madrid, where he spent the latter half of last season on loan.

However, the 27-year-old isn’t the target of Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. Granted, the Portuguese tactician admitted he is in the market for a new striker in order to complete his transfer dealings for the summer but Adebayor isn’t the one he wants. Despite confessing his admiration for former Arsenal striker, Mourinho is more interested in bringing in Radamel Falcao from former club FC Porto.

The Colombian’s stock rose considerably over the season and recently signed a new contract that see’s his release clause rise from £26m to £39m, a fee that is likely to ward of potential suitors. This could leave Adebayor as Mourinho’s top target as he looks for a new striker to lead the front-line. Adebayor has also stated his love for Madrid and recently admitted he would be happy to retire at the Bernabeu.

But it really means little if the club are more attracted to other players especially one that plays in your position. Another possibility for Adebayor is the potential chance to join Tottenham Hotspur. The Togolese striker admitted he almost came close to moving to the North London outfit in January before his move to Madrid.

Now, Adebayor isn’t the most loved individual at White Hart Lane especially if you have heard the familiar song sung by Spurs fans during games. But, the fact is manager Harry Redknapp needs a new striker, especially after their 1-0 defeat to South African side Kaizer Chiefs today. It was made abundantly evident last season that Spurs need a new forward to lead from the front.

And they couldn’t do much worse than Adebayor. His temperament can be his worst attribute from time-to-time but on his day, the striker is unplayable. If he were signed, you can bet that fans of the club would be in uproar over it but then, the same fans also felt the signing of Williams Gallas was a bad move. How some are looking back thinking that the Frenchman was a shrewd bit of business by Redknapp.

However, there are two major stumbling blocks in any potential move from Spurs for Adebayor. The first would be City’s reluctance to sell to a league rival. The Eastland’s side refused to sell Craig Bellamy first and now it appears Mancini’s side feel the same way with the 27-year-old.

The second would be the wage bill. Should Daniel Levy be able to thrash out a deal between the two teams, Adebayor’s wages simply do not match that of the current big earners at White Hart Lane. With levy unwilling to break the club’s wage structure, the City striker will have to take a massive pay-cut if he were to move back to North London, something I, personally, cannot see happening.

Either way, with Adebayor having been left out of the squad for the club’s tour of America while continuing to train on his own back in Manchester, it is a matter of time before he departs the Etihad Stadium. Whether he winds up at the Bernabeu again or at White Hart Lane or any other stadium that can afford to take him, his unhappy spell with City is sure to end this transfer window, a spell that promised so much when he originally signed in 2009.

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  • darren

    The dole hopefully. The bloke is a first class tool

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