Striker stalemate continues.Emmanuel Adebayor has been told by Manchester City that he will not be given a pay off to leave the club and finally seal a move to Tottenham.
The striker is currently in negotiations over a move to White Hart Lane after the two clubs agreed a £5m move.
But the striker is still in talks with Spurs after his refusal to accept a cut to his current £175,000-a-week wages, which were part subsidised by City last season.
Adebayor is willing to accept Spurs’ £100,000-a-week offer, but only if City make up the loss by handing a chunk of the transfer fee directly to him.
But City are not keen on that idea and boss Roberto Mancini has told Adebayor he can forget about picking up a hefty pay off, and the club will force him to play in the reserves if he fails to find an agreement with Spurs.
The Togo international is set to hold further talks with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas in the hope a deal that suits all parties can be agreed.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Emmanuel Adebayor’s protracted transfer from Manchester City to Tottenham Hotspur seems to have come down to a three-way battle of wills between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, City’s Brian Marwood and the Togolese forward himself.
Levy is a notoriously hard-nosed businessman – as proved by his handling of the Luka Modric situation this summer and last – and is unlikely to be pressured into giving in to Adebayor’s wage demands.
The former Arsenal striker seems equally stubborn, however, and maintains that it is not greed but rather a desire to help charitable organisations in his native Togo that motivates him to continue to demand such an extortionate weekly pay-packet.
City’s football administrator Brian Marwood is the man in charge of the considerable purse strings at the Etihad and, judging by the above, is not about to pay the 28-year-old striker to leave Manchester just yet.
Clearly all three parties want a deal to be done. City are desperate to get Adebayor off their wage bill to free up funds to spend on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, while Adebyaor has admitted that he wants to return to White Hart Lane.
Ultimately, this deal may come down to who snaps first. Spurs do not have a particularly strong bargaining position. They started last night’s friendly against New York Red Bulls without a recognised striker and Jermain Defoe – currently back in the UK mourning the untimely death of his cousin – is the only senior forward on the club’s books.
Despite what the source suggests, City would surely be disgusted at the prospect of letting Adebayor rot in the reserves – a situation that is likely to be equally unappealing to the player. Someone has to break…and, despite Tottenham’s predicament, our money is on mega-bucks City.
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