Yes, just when you thought the world of Arsenal was coming to a slow but sure stop – just when you thought all was done and dusted and all the in’s and out’s were wrapped up, news breaking this morning is that Arsenal have agreed a fee with Man City for the transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor.
The fee is supposedly £23.5m and having accepted the bid, the striker is now in talks over his wage demands with Man City – initially he is thought to be asking for £150k a week, but whether or not he is given that level of wages is debatable, but with a bottomless pit of money, maybe he will. There is also some news circulating that John Terry has been offered £200k a week for a move to Man City – so £150k suddenly seems “okay”.
In my opinion, the levels of money for transfers and wages that clubs like Man City are able to offer is really distorting the face of football. Not even Chelsea can compete with City anymore in wages and it’s quite sickening to talk about some of the amounts being touted.
As far as things are concerned down at the Emirates, Arsene has a ready made replacement in Chamakh and recently revealed that we would sign the striker if Adebayor left:
“Yes, but only in the event of a departure.”
It is thought that Arsene wanted to tie Van Persie down as well as being confident of the progress of Eduardo before sanctioning a move for his star striker – of course, everyone knows the relationship between Adebayor and the fans has been fragile since last summer.
Recent quotes from his agent pretty much an admission of Ade’s willingness to jump ship as soon as an offer came in:
“I met the Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger yesterday but we did not talk about selling him because at the moment there are no significant offers. The Milan directors have not contacted me. Yes, there are many other offers, but I repeat that at the moment there are no interesting offers for Emmanuel. What would I do if Milan called? I don’t like talking about hypotheses, it’s not right at this moment. Ade is an Arsenal player.”
So, it seems like the Togan is off – and if we do get Chamakh, it will be a like for like replacement… the money may help us to also attract a quality defensive midfielders…
Who else is fit to wear the number 25 though? Which striker would you like to see at the Emirates?