Following a hugely successful loan spell at White Hart Lane last term, many people were hoping that Emmanuel Adebayor would simply join Spurs on a permanent deal in the summer. However, due to his excessive wage demands, such a transfer has failed to materialize and it now looks as though the former Arsenal striker is complete limbo after Roberto Mancini declared that the player does not have a future at his club.
Adebayor signed for Tottenham on a season-long loan last August and was a key player as Spurs grabbed a top four finish. In the end, he managed eighteen goals for the club and finally regained his reputation for being a top Premier League striker.
Unsurprisingly, Tottenham have been quite desperate to land the 28-year-old following on from such a successful season. While a fee with Manchester City was agreed relatively quickly, a package with Adebayor himself has been much more difficult to come by. It’s been a well-known fact that the Togo international is on huge wages at City and it’s understood that he has not been willing to accept a cut in order to press through a move to Spurs.
At the current time, it would appear that the transfer is off. However, according to City manager Roberto Mancini, this does not mean that the player has a future at his club. He said, “I am sorry for him because he is here and not playing,’ Mancini said. ‘But he has no chance of playing this season for us. It’s important for him that he can find a good solution because he scored a lot of goals last season and he’s a top striker.”
Following on from the Adebayor disappointment, there have been reports suggesting that Andre Villas-Boas could simply turn to the club’s academy. Speculation has suggested that 19-year-old Harry Kane is set to be included in first team proceedings, after the young striker made such an impression during a loan spell at Millwall last term. Still, you would have to think that AVB’s first choice is to bring an experienced striker into the club as soon as possible.