Togolese striker wants City to donate to his charity.A wage dispute is reportedly holding up Emmanuel Adebayor’s transfer to Tottenham because the striker wants Manchester City to continue paying some of his wages – to charity.
The former Arsenal forward spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane and impressed, scoring 17 times in the league and brining out the best in the likes of Gareth Bale and Rafa van der Vaart.
But Spurs are struggling to finance a permanent deal for the 28-year-old, despite City valuing Adebayor at a modest £5 million.
It is believed that the Togo international is currently on around £180,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium but is believed to be prepared to take a massive pay cut to join Spurs.
However, the deal is being held up by Adebayor’s insistence that he continues to be paid enough to support various organisations in his native Togo and he has demanded that City pay £50,000 a week to charity before he agrees to join Tottenham.
The Premier League Champions are desperate to get Adebayor off their books, as they look to finance a deal for Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie.
It is understood that City’s football administrator Brian Marwood is concerned about falling foul of FIFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations and will not sanction a deal for the Dutchman until Adebayor has been sold.
City believe they are being held to ransom by Adebayor but the former Real Madrid forward has insisted that it is not greed but a desire to help his compatriots that is holding up the deal.
Adebayor reportedly financially supports a former teammate whose career was ended by the shooting attack on the Togo national team bus in January 2010.
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