Liverpool Splash out on Downing; Adebayor Close to Permanent Madrid Move

Xavier GonzalezContributor IJuly 18, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04:  Stewart Downing of England takes a throw in during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on June 4, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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If they continue to splash money on English talent the same way they are doing now, Liverpool will face few problems from the Home Grown Players rule.

The latest British talent to arrive at Anfield is Stewart Downing. Liverpool made a bid of around £15 million a few weeks ago, which was blatantly turned down by Aston Villa. Many reported that Liverpool will return with an improved offer, and it has proven the case.

Aston Villa announced on their website that they had reached an agreement with Liverpool for the £20 million transfer of Stewart Downing, thus making the England international the second high-profile player to depart from Villa Park this season.

It was not long ago that Aston Villa were close to securing Champions League places but ultimately finished lower than that. Subsequently, Martin O'Neill left the club, and now the players with ambitions to play in Europe's elite competition seem to be departing as well.

The departure of Stewart Downing only adds to Villa's woes considering the recent departure of Ashley Young. This, along with the arrival of Alex McLeish, makes the start of the new Premier League season unpleasant for Villa fans to say the least.

The mood will be exactly opposite at Anfield, as the arrival of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam could just be the perfect pre-season that Liverpool fans have been pursuing for a long time. It will undoubtedly spark talks about challenging for the title, but Kenny Dalglish will be astute enough to know that it cannot happen overnight. However, they have given themselves a fighting chance for doing exactly that.

The relationship between Emmanuel Adebayor and Manchester City is becoming poor day-by-day, but there seems to be an end for this bitter feud. A few days ago, reports revealed that Real Madrid were close to signing Adebayor on a permanent deal. Now, the Togo international revealed that negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs over the possibility of a permanent deal. Adebayor threatened legal action against City for not conveying the proper reason for leaving him out of the squad for the United States tour.

In turn, the club reportedly fined him a massive £300,000. One can also understand the reasons behind City's hardball stance in the situation. Ever since Adebayor moved to Real Madrid, he has been criticising Manchester City a lot, with frequent interviews claiming of his interest to permanently stay at Real Madrid.

This undoubtedly seems to have played a major part in making City feel Adebayor as unwanted. However, with oodles of cash to play around with, City have not shown interest in finding the right solution. Now, though, City finally seem to have come to terms with the situation by letting Adebayor leave.

According to reports, the transfer will cost Real Madrid a fee of around £15 million. José Mourinho said that the team was missing one missing attacker, but it looks like Adebayor will be the man to fill that hole for the La Liga side.