It’s probably fair to say that few of us expected any deal for Emmanuel Adebayor to go through smoothly, even after reports began to emerge on Friday suggesting that a cut price figure had been agreed between Spurs and Manchester City.
That still leaves the issue of personal terms, including Ade’s £170,000 a week wages and some parts of the media are claiming that Tottenham are already looking at alternatives as the deal starts to stall.
One of the other names mentioned is that of José Salomón Rondón, a Venezuelan international currently playing with Malaga. Rondon is 22 and after an unremarkable start to his career with Aragua and Las Palmas, his ratio in La Liga is just starting to nudge towards a goal every other game.
The player has a 20 million euro buy-out clause in his contract although the press in Spain suggest that Malaga are ‘cash strapped’ and may be willing to accept something nearer 15 million.
In the meantime, the Ade deal isn’t dead but those hoping to see the Togolese back at the club next season will be getting nervous as the days drag on.