Emmanuel Adebayor is involved in his own transfer saga as three super-clubs vie for the chance at retaining his services for next season.
Long linked with a move to AC Milan, the club has been putting the pressure on, in its pursuit of Adebayor.
Now a new twist has been added, with a supposed £21million deal to Barcelona in the works, according to agent Ernesto Bronzetti. Strangely, Bronzetti does not represent Adebayor, but does handle several of AC Milan's large contracts.
Stephane Courbis, Adebayor's agent, has come out and said that while Adebayor is happy at Arsenal, he would not mind a move to AC Milan.
The following is a recent time line of the activities surrounding the possible transfer.
June 13, 2008
Milan publicly confirms rumors that they have interest in the 24 year old Adebayor.
Adebayor has repeatedly denied that he wishes to leave Arsenal.
"It's very flattering for a young Togolese who's only 24 to see that Barcelona or Milan are following him. But for the moment I'm very happy at Arsenal. We'll see what happens next."
Courbis, Adebayor's agent, had this to say which neither confirmed nor denied any possible action.
"The player is fine at Arsenal, but when Milan come in for you it's difficult to tell them no... I know that Milan is one of the biggest clubs in the world and, when they want to take you, you have to really consider it. It's difficult to say no to Milan."
June 14, 2008
Adebayor comes out and claims he is happy at Arsenal, and that new talks with Wenger have gone well.
"My future with Arsenal has never been in doubt and I want to assure fans I will be here for many years," Adebayor said in The Sun.
"My agent has met with coach Arsene Wenger about a new deal and I am happy about how the talks are going so the fans can rest assured."
Having just signed a new deal last year, these statements hint at a possible extension, or complete reworking of his contract.
Reports from Italy imply that the deal my be at a stalemate. La Gazzetta, an Italian newspaper quoted a supposed message from Arsenal to AC Milan stating, "For the moment we don't intend to open negotiations for the sale of Emmanuel Adebayor,"
June 19, 2008
Just four days after claiming Adebayor may be out of their price range, AC are back in the news claiming its Adebayor or bust. Club VP Adriano Galliani had this to say.
"There is no negotiation for Eto'o or Drogba."
"If we do not get Adebayor, we will remain as we are."
However he also confirmed the report by La Gazzetta that Arsenal were not going to sell, which is what made agent Ernesto Bronzetti's claims about Barcelona all that much more interesting.
June 21, 2008
In an interview with Italian TV station Radio Radio TV, Bronzetti dropped a bombshell that he knew of a deal in the works with Barcelona.
"Arsenal want to sell him [Adebayor] to Barcelona, for their own motives. Barcelona tell me they already have an agreement with the player."
This agreement could be worth £21million.
Barcelona though will need to free up some money if they are going to make a successful bid. They may need to dump Ronaldinho or Eto'o in order to make room.
June 22, 2008
Arsene Wenger comes out and states his intent to keep the players he currently has at Arsenal, rather than sign new ones in the transfer market.
"I will use my cheque-book first to keep the players I already have."
This neatly sums up Wenger's attitude toward the situation, and may be the best indicator as to how the situation will play out.
Meanwhile amid all of this hullabaloo, Arsenal have begun distributing Adebayor propaganda via their website.
Did you know that it is Adebayor week in the land of Arsenal? WOOOOO!
Options on the website include, news about how great he is, video of him performing, and a forum to display your thoughts and feelings on Arsenal's third most popular player.
Arsenal are certainly trying to make Adebayor feel welcome. Negotiations are coming to a head and we can probably expect a decision sometime soon about the future of Adebayor.
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