OK, no one likes him at the Emirates and he is bound for Eastlands but not so long ago, the Togo striker was the toast of north London and coveted across Europe for his athleticism and eye for goals.
Adebayor looks like he's being advised by Nicolas Anelka and seems to have all the dressing room charm of Craig Bellamy. There are also concerns about attitude problems too. This is hardly the right stuff for a United player!
But when Adebayor is focused and on form, he is a devastating, new style forward of considerable talent.
No less a judge than Emperor Rio Ferdinand rates the 25 year old as his most difficult domestic opponent and it is easy to see why. Adebayor is not the Drogba default, classic, powerhouse African frontman and yet is a physical handful for any defender. He's reasonably quick and can operate effectively in the penalty box or when spinning off the centre-half into the channels.
Adebayor can also lead the attack alone, a crucial attribute for player and team alike. Fans weened on 4-4-2 may not like the system which has a single front man but it's the formation pursued by most teams that challenge for silverware in Europe. With Torres out of reach and Drogba now too old, Adebayor is the next best available option.
The 30 goals Adebayor registered for Arsenal's great but fragile 2007-08 team was no mean achievement and it is strange that City are the only club to have converted interest into a serious bid.
The newspapers say he was offered to United but with his weekly wage demands said to be as much as £170k, United were never going to agree.
It's a shame that Adebayor has priced himself out of a move to Old Trafford because he would have been a good signing for the club even at £23 million. If anyone can get him going again, it is Sir Alex.
Price: £23 m