Reports from Sky Sports this Monday indicate that Manchester City are in talks with Arsenal regarding the potential transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togo striker has been the subject of transfer rumors since the end of the season, with most of the interest initially coming from AC Milan. Since then, other clubs have supposedly entered the fray, including Premiership rivals Chelsea and big-spending Man City.
Recent weeks have seen both Arsene Wenger and Adebayor’s agent suggest the player would remain at The Emirates for the coming season, but media sources report talks between City and Arsenal over a possible deal have begun.
City have already signed Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz from league rivals Aston Villa and Manchester City since the end of last season. And other new reports also suggest the Eastlands club is nearing an agreement to bring Carlos Tevez to the blue side of Manchester.
The Sky Sports article suggests that “a fee of around £20m is believed to be enough to tempt the club into a sale” of Adebayor, who joined the Gunners from Monaco in 2006 and has scored 62 goals in 142 appearances for the North London club.
During interviews given by Wenger in June, the Arsenal manager believed that this off-season would see no first-teamers leave the club. But he also addressed the status of Adebayor by saying that “If he doesn’t want to stay, he will leave. But I think that he will be still at Arsenal this season.”