Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Is Emmanuel Adebayor Coming to White Hart Lane?
After excelling so far in the summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur are set to receive another huge boost, with a deal for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor reportedly close to being finalized.
Adebayor spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane from City and if current reports are to be believed, could well be making a permanent move to the club as the Citizens desperately try to free up space in their squad, according to Goal.
The Londoners will pay Adebayor a £5m signing-on fee and have been asking City to subsidise the Togo international striker’s wages, with the Premier League champions desperate to offload the former Arsenal man to free up wages and space in their squad.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has held talks with Adebayor’s representatives in the United States and believes a deal is finally close to completion following the 28-year-old’s season-long loan at White Hart Lane.
Andre Villas-Boas, the Tottenham manager, has been pushing club bosses to clinch the deal as he looks to improve his strikeforce by signing two forwards this summer, with Jermain Defoe the only senior striker currently in the Spurs squad.
However, I wouldn't be so sure as to jump all over this story, with the notion that Manchester City are desperately trying to offload Adebayor so that they can make a move for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie is just not quite right for me.
I can completely understand City's desire to get rid of Adebayor for next season—permanently or on loan—because the reality is that he is not going to feature in their plans to defend the English Premier League title. This will only be compounded if City add further attacking talent.
Roberto Mancini already has the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli at his disposal up front and does not need Adebayor to add further depth to his strikers group. Thus a loan deal or permanent move does seem like it could be on the cards.
What doesn't quite make sense is the fact that City needs a deal with Spurs to go through so that they have enough room in the squad and in the bank balance to make a move for Van Persie.
Sheikh Mansour has the money and if City are to make a strong bid for the Gunners striker, they are more than capable of doing it with Adebayor on their roster. They do not need the money being spent on the Togo international for Van Persie—that is simply ridiculous.
Currently demanding around £170,000 per week, it is possible that City want to get rid of Adebayor so that they can offer Van Persie enough money per week to bring him to the club. That is, they need to get rid of Adebayor not for the transfer fee, but rather the player wages.
If that is the case then, selling him to Tottenham Hotspur—who have clearly stated they will not meet the £170,000 per week that the striker is expecting—simply will not work. No deal will take place with Andre Villas-Boas' team unless those wages are significantly reduced.
After all, this is a striker that only netted seven goals from open play last season, with more than half of his 17 goals coming from the penalty spot according to WhoScored. Spurs would no doubt love to have Adebayor at the club next season, but they do not need him at £170,000 per week.
They simply do not need him that badly and if Manchester City are truly that desperate to offload the striker, they would be better served looking away from White Hart Lane.
I'm still not convinced that Adebayor is returning to White Hart Lane next season—more on the part of Manchester City than of Tottenham—with time bound to be the telling factor in this transfer saga.
Will Emmanuel Adebayor end up making a move to Tottenham Hotspur?
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