Tottenham Hotspur are ready to offer Emmanuel Adebayor a very lucrative deal, thought to be over £6 million a year, in order to persuade the striker to stay at White Hart Lane permanently.
Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, is set to open talks with Adebayor’s parent club, Manchester City and is planning to make the Togolese striker the best paid player in Tottenham history.
Adebayor, who is 28 on Sunday, has been instrumental in Spurs’ Premier League title challenge and it is understandable that the club want to keep him at White Hart Lane.
The striker has revived his career back in London, with 10 goals and 11 assists in just 22 league appearances. He is said to want to stay at Spurs, but isn’t sure about taking a massive pay cut from his £170,000 a week City wages.
That is why Levy is moving heaven and earth, to release funds for higher wages. The Spurs chairman is looking at the possibility of selling the likes of Vedran Corluka, Heurlho Gomes and Sebastien Bassong, in order to reduce the current wage bill.
£6 million a year is a huge amount of money for one player, but in the current football climate, it is the kind of pay that Spurs will have to offer if they are to become genuine title contenders.
The North Londoners will almost certainly be back in the Champions League next season and clearly want to stay there. In order to do this they must be willing to not only spend big, but offer big wages. That is what will attract the cream of Europe’s crop the White Hart Lane – not to mention a potential world-class manager.
There is no doubt that Adebayor has played a part in taking Spurs to the next level this season, and should be duly rewarded for that. If you want to get into how much footballers should be ‘duly rewarded’, that’s a whole other debate.
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