Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor becomes a target for Real Madrid - report

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Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is believed to have become a potential target for Real Madrid.

The recent news that Gonzalo Higuain needed to undergo surgery is thought to have prompted the Spanish heavyweights to look at dipping into the transfer market in a bid to bolster their strike force in the absence of the unavailable forward.

Now Spanish newspaper Sport reports that Adebayor and Hercules Alicante's Nelson Valdez are being viewed as potential targets by the Bernabeu outfit.

However, it is believed that the club's chances of landing the Togolese hitman largely depend on City's success or failure to sign Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko.

Adebayor's relative lack of first-team action this season - he has started just two Premier League games this season, and appeared as a substitute six times, and his last start was in the Europa League against Red Bull Salzburg on December 1 - is reflected in his tumble down the Castrol Rankings. The ex-Arsenal man is currently ranked 668th, down from 375th the previous month.

For more Castrol rankings insights visit the Castrol Zone on Goal.com

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