Juventus boss Luigi Delneri is planning to take advantage of Manchester Citys “sign everyone who’s had a decent game” policy and offer Emmanuel Adebayor a chance to resurrect his flagging career. There are talks of the Togo striker moving to Turin initially on loan with a view to a £12 million permanent deal in the summer.
Adebayor, 26, has become the victim of Mancini’s defensive outlook and has often found himself sat on the bench as Carlos Tevez ploughs a lone furrow up front. Although by his own admission he has struggled with injuries since his big money move from Arsenal. It is his attitude though, which has from time to time put him in front of Mancini’s firing squad, with his constant outspoken comments to the media in trying to force a move away from the club.
Although considered by many to be another big money flop Adebayor has a non to shabby record in front of goal for City 19 goals in 39 starts is a stat most Premier League strikers would be proud of. Unfortunately for him the sparkling form of Tevez in the lone striker role has put a dent in his first team hopes this coupled with the arrivals of Balotelli and David Silva has forced him further down the pecking order.
Juventus of course would be an attractive option for the 6 ft 3 in frontman and with Allesandro Del Piero entering the twilight of his glittering career Adebayor would instantly command a first team berth. Delneri though is obviously using the “try before you buy” option with this perspective loan deal, in case Adebayor’s troublemaking past follows him to the Stadio Olimpico.
There is n doubt that on his day, Adebayor is more than a handful for any world defence and his ability has never been in question. Unfortunately, getting him to put the effort in has proved more than a match for his managers in the past. The £12 million Juventus would have to pay to make the deal permanent is testament to just how far Adebayor’s stock has fallen. Either way it seems very unlikely Adebayor will be plying his trade in the blue of Manchester City after the new year.
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