Adebayor's daytime transfer soap opera
Emmanuel Adebayor’s ongoing transfer saga is turning more into a day time soap opera rather than an effort to secure his career.
The Togolese, who spent last season on-loan to Tottenham, has been in a constant battle between Manchester City and Spurs to secure a permanent move to White Hart Lane.
The continuous debacle was thought to be at an end, when Spurs and City had reportedly agreed a fee of £5m for the striker and a massive signing on-fee with a lower salary, in order to fit him into Daniel Levy’s pay structure.
The agreement seemed a positive for all parties involved.
Roberto Mancini got his wish to rid City of the disruptive player, while Spurs signed a leading front-man and Adebayor was secure of a team.
However, despite his successful exploits of 17 goals last term, which saw him reignite his form and passion for the game, it now seems Adebayor is driven more towards the monetary factors rather than settling for club.
Just less than 48 hours later, the deal, once again, seemed to be heading towards yet another trepid journey, this time the cause being the player himself.
In a move that helped revive his career last term, one would think Adebayor would be seizing the opportunity make the move, but it his high wage demands have threatened to derail his return to White Hart Lane.
Instead of receiving a normal annual pay, the 28-year-old has demanded to be handed the £4m directly to him; effectively making him leave on a free transfer.
It is a demand not uncommon to Adebayor’s agent, Phil Smith, who has witnessed similar hassles before from the African.
“I was involved in Adebayor going to Manchester City from Arsenal and he is quite ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants,” Smith said in a radio interview.
“He got a very good deal and quite clearly he wants his pound of flesh, not only on the way in but on the way out.
“And I think it's a deal that will die on its backside. Who is it that is going to come and give Adebayor the money that he wants, other than money bags QPR and I don't think they'd even be interested in him?”
Now the future of the Adebayor lies in jeopardy. He is unwanted by City and there is only so much Andre Villas-Boas and company can take. Should he not meet Spurs half way, he may find himself isolated to train with the Citizen’s youth team, while running out the final year left on his contract.
No longer is it a battle between City and Spurs, but rather a battle between Adebayor’s selfish hunger for money or finding a club to secure his future. At the end of the day, the Togolese won’t be receiving money if he doesn’t sign for a club.