It’s taken a while, but the very first stories concerning a serious move for Emmanuel Adebayor are starting to hit the newspapers this morning, with the majority of reports seeming to stem from The Sun.
The Togolese international joined the club on loan in August and proved an instant hit at the Lane, scoring three times in his first two games. He has yet to find the net since however, amidst suggestions that he was struggling with a hamstring problem, but he was starting to look sharp again on Sunday in our 3-1 win over QPR.
The story claims that Manchester City are prepared to let Ade go for just £10m, which represents a discount of £4m on the figure cited in his buy out clause. That does however leave the issue of the player’s wages at £170,000 per week.
That sum is out of the stratosphere as far as Spurs’ wage structure is concerned and while it seems that City are indeed prepared to let Adebayor go, perhaps the other destinations in this story – Juventus and PSG – are more likely.
He’s still under contract at City so they may well have to give him a pay off to leave. Hopefully that will be an encouragement to take a cut in salary and join a club where he has started brightly and seems to want to do well at. 10 mil is a steal, we paid 14 mil for Pav and 9 mil for Crouch who, by the account of many, are dogshite.
No brainer – sign him up
Very good point on those prices of those 3 strikers and the serious gap in talent tween Ade and those two muppets.
At the end of the day…..Ade hit the jackpot w/ City like a few others (Milner, Bridge , Barry, etc) and a fair salary is the natural course moving forward.
If he were to cost only 10mil then surely a signing on fee is possible. Adebayor and Damiao MUST be brought.
Adebayor has already stated that he is willing to take a wage cut to stay with Tottenham. That´s even more promising. In fact we can buy Ade for the same amount we sold Crouch to Stoke.
Damiao is a great player but if you are going to play just with one striker and VDV behind him, Harry Kane should be the other striker to start. He will be world class given some time.
Very good point…….If both VDV and Ade are in the Spurs long-term plans, I’m thinking they pass on Damiao…..Unless they are ready to cut their ties w/ Defoe………
Giving someone higher wages would set a bad precedent — how to you tell players like Modric and Bale that they’re monetarily worth half (for example) of Adebayor (what is Modric making now, by the way?)
10m is a steal for him, though. What if we got him to accept 70k/week (or whatever) and gave him a large lump sum bonus (say the 4m being discounted?) instead? It would effectively give him his higher wage for a year or two after which he’d be transitioned into a more reasonable rate (especially has he’d be ~30 by then and shouldn’t be able to demand as high a rate).