Could Togolese striker be on his way to Stamford Bridge?
The News of the World report this morning that Emmanuel Adebayor ’s future at Manchester City is in doubt, although no specific reason is given as to why the Togo striker may be heading out of Eastlands in the summer.
Neil Ashton writes: “The African attacker is one of the highest paid players in the country and has only played 18 times in the Premier League for the Eastlands outfit. City’s plans for next season depend largely on the future of Roberto Mancini, but they also face a battle to hold on to Adebayor.”
Ashton adds: “The latest training ground rumblings at City suggest the club will have a fight on their hands to keep hold of the Togo forward. Adebayor had his heart set on a move to Chelsea last summer and only moved to City because they were the only club to match Arsenal’s asking price and his frightening salary demands.”
Manchester City are linked again today with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain which could be a possible reason why Adebayor may be eager to leave the club should the Argentinean hitman join.
The 26-year-old striker has a more than respectable record at Manchester City in 2009/2010, scoring nine goals in 18 appearances and he has also chipped in with two assists.
Adebayor is contracted to Manchester City until the end of the 2013/2014 season. (IM Scouting)
Chelsea’s main strike force options are both the wrong side of 30, Emmanuel Adebayor is not happy at Eastlands and Carlo Ancelotti is a manager who attempted to sign the Togolese international whilst he was AC Milan boss, add all this up and what do you get? That’s right, this could mean a surprise move to Stamford Bridge.
Given that Manchester City have about 16 world class strikers and are leading the chase for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, Roberto Mancini would probably not raise an eyebrow if the west London club came in for the former Arsenal man, just as long as they paid at least the same as the £25m it took to get the striker from the Emirates.
Things have not all gone smoothly for the 26 year old at Man City and Emmanuel has found himself overshadowed by the excellent performances from another new arrival, Carlos Tevez and Adebayor appears to be one of many at the club who are not too enamoured with the way Roberto Mancini does his job.
Would Chelsea be wise to make such a move? Well perhaps not. Adebayor would surely want a very large sum of money and can often be more of a problem than he is worth but when he gets going he can be very effective on the field of the play. Watch this space.