Emmanuel Adebayor's transfer saga: Will the money or first team football take precedence

Goal.com has a look at the former Arsenal striker's transfer saga, involving Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur....

As expected, the transfer season this summer has not been short of controversies. Yes, the big summer signings Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have obviously hogged the limelight with their lucrative deals. However, the yet to be completed deals have raised more eyebrows than the done and dusted ones. Robin Van Persie and Luka Modric being the main protagonists. The latest addition to this list is Emmanuel Adebayor. His transfer saga defines modern day football just perfectly.

Emmanuel Adebayor, as it stands is a Manchester City player. Tottenham’s bid of £4m was accepted by the Eastlands club in early July this year, only to be stalled by Adebayor’s camp. And expectedly, the only problem he had was with the money involved. The lanky striker used to earn £175,000 per week at Manchester City, and Tottenham, nowhere near as rich as City, offered him a meager £100,000-a-week deal. On his demand of better wages, chairman Daniel Levy offered to give the striker a massive signing-on fee and clauses relating to bonuses and image rights were included to bridge the gap.

However, Adebayor’s camp believed he would be about £1m worse off if he agreed to that Spurs offer. The Togo striker then went on to blame the Eastlands club for treating him poorly during his spell there. According to Goal.com sources, Adebayor was willing to accept the deal only if City gave the transfer fee of £4m directly to him. By doing this, he was basically asking for a free transfer from City to Spurs. However, Manchester City were in no mood of bowing down to his needs.

Will He Be Playing For The White Hart Lane Based Club Next Season?...

Let’s not forget that this is a win-win situation for Adebayor. He very well knows the fact that both the clubs are desperate to get this deal done. So he’s just trying to get the maximum purchase he can get out of it. For Tottenham, this deal is more of a compulsion now since they have only one international quality striker in Jermain Defoe left in their ranks now. They are desperate for Adebayor’s signature for the simple reason that his loan spell at White Hart Lane last season was hugely benefitting for them.

He scored 18 goals in 37 matches and provided 12 assists too. However, with increasing demands of the 28-year old, Spurs are reportedly trying to up their bid for Leandro Damiao already.

As far as City are concerned, with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli already in their armoury, they are more than happy to relieve Adebayor of his duties. By doing this, they would free up space on their wage bill, and could set their eyes on securing a player or two before the end of the transfer window.

Mancini has taken his stand and said that he would rather see the former Arsenal striker rot in the reserves than agree to his demands. So it all depends on the stubborn striker whether he wants first-team football more than the moolah or vice-versa.

Will He Be Left To Rot In Manchester City's Reserves Next Season?...

If his past is anything to go by, he might well end up rotting at City’s reserve ground. Phil Smith, the agent who brokered Adebayor’s £25million move from Arsenal to City in 2009, predicted that Spurs will face a tough task to convince the player to drop his demands. “Adebayor is quite ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants,” said Smith. Irrespective of where the targetman ends up next season, it is hard to see any City or Spurs fans adoring his morals.

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