Emmanuel Adebayor has been the subject of a rumored transfer to Spain throughout the summer. The Togo international has been linked heavily with a move to Barcelona or AC Milan, with both teams tabling bids to Arsenal.
Adebayor became unsettled after demanding the same wages that legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry used to make. His infamous quote, "I will play like Henry when I'm paid like Henry," reflected his bad attitude towards the club.
When Adebayor's wish was rejected due to Arsenal's strict wage policy, Milan and Barcelona approached Arsenal for Adebayor. However, Milan have already given up in their chase to sign Ade, successfully signing Ronaldinho.
Adebayor had a great season last year, scoring 30 goals and somehow filling the gap caused by Henry's departure to Barcelona. However, the striker, who is valued at £25 million by the Gunners, has not been as good as his price tag suggests.
After signing for Arsenal from AS Monaco in 2006, he produced mediocre performances for a year and a half. But apparently a season of good form is enough for a player's market price to rise over £20 million...
With all due respect to Arsenal fans, Adebayor is not a spectacular player and is definitely not worth £25 million! Maybe half of that would be rational. Zidane was spectacular, party animal Ronaldinho was spectacular (two seasons ago), Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka are both spectacular players.
As for strikers, there is a host of forwards who are much better than Adebayor, and many of those players are available for lower prices. If Milan want to sign a world class striker worth every penny to be spent on him, why don't they bid for Samuel Eto'o or David Villa? How about Didier Drogba? Hasn't he proved himself more than Adebayor?
And the fact that Ade is in his twenties doesn't mean that he'll improve over the years. Plus, if the clubs that are chasing him are looking for a long-term signing, Ade's time at Arsenal wouldn't exactly prove he can be a long-term project. His attitude is not one that will make him equal to Henry.
Big players show their class in big games. When Arsenal played against Liverpool in the Champions League, Ade showed why he isn't worth £25 million. I know it's harsh to say, but this finisher's "finishing" was one of the reasons Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League last season.
Adebayor's perfect choice would be a move to Barcelona. With all due respect to La Liga and its fans, the Spanish teams are not very good at defending and offer a lot of space for attackers to work with (just ask Zidane).
Ade would enjoy La Liga and score more goals. Who knows, maybe he'll have another good season and live up to his £25 million "potential."