Emmanuel Adebayor will finally make his ‘dream’ move to Real Madrid, despite an approach from Tottenham for the Togo international.
The 27-year-old spent the second half of last season with the Spanish giants, though Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was reportedly uninterested in resigning the forward on a permanent basis. However, according to Spanish Daily Sport, Mourinho is now considering a move for Adebayor after attempts to lure Brazilian star Neymar to the club appear to have been unsuccessful.
Adebayor has been out of favour at Manchester City since Roberto Mancini took charge at the end of 2009. Despite scoring 14 league goals in 26 appearances in his first season in Manchester, Adebayor was loaned out to Real Madrid in January where he enjoyed five months of regular football, and bagged five goals in just 14 games.
This summer, Roberto Mancini outlined that Adebayor was not part of his plans for the season, and would be allowed to leave the club if an offer was made that matched their valuation (believed to be in the region of £15m).
Adebayor has talked of his desire to return to Madrid, despite reports suggesting that Tottenham had been preparing a £10m bid for the striker throughout the transfer period. Redknapp has since claimed that the club cannot afford the salaries of a number of top players, and while the funds are there for such transfers, they are not available for the wages that are in demand.
Real Madrid on the other hand, can offer Adebayor the kind of salary he is currently receiving at City, however are reportedly unwilling to match City’s valuation of the striker, and will instead offer £10m plus midfielder Fernando Gago as part of an exchange deal. Manchester City are not exactly short of players, and with the signing of Samir Nasri believed to be imminent, midfielders are even less likely to be on the Roberto Mancini ‘wish list’.
However, with the Italian adamant that Adebayor will not feature for Manchester City this season, the club owners are likely to want his high salary off their books, and may therefore be willing to listen to offers below their valuation. If a compromise between Real Madrid and City can be made regarding the transfer fee then Adebayor’s dream of a return to the Bernabeau is sure to become a reality, however, if Real refuse to up their offer significantly, this could pave the way for Tottenham to try and persuade the forward to return to North London – though a reduced salary is imperative at White Hart Lane.
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