Adebayor for Sale
Never has Arsene openly talked about possibly selling one of his players as he did yesterday when asked about the possibility of selling Adebayor to Chelsea.
When Overmars, Petite, Vieira, Henry and Hleb all left, Arsene was silent on their departures until they unveiled by their new clubs. When he has wanted a player to stay, in the cases of Vieira, Henry, Fabregas and Adebayor (last season), he has come out and stated publicly that they will be going nowhere.
Not even in a hypothetical situation has he contemplated a player leaving, until Thursday’s interview when he stated that if he felt it the right time to let a player go, then why not to one of the other top four? Whilst he went on to say that Adebayor was part of Arsenal’s plans for the future (a cynic would say an s part of the cash generating plans), the signals have been transmitted to Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona that Adebayor is available this summer.
If Arsenal can rouse interest from two or three of these teams, then a fee in the region of £20-£25million is not out of the question. Whilst Adebayor has not had the season he had last year, he has still notched up 16 goals this season, but more importantly for European teams he has scored 6 goals in 9 Champions League appearances.
There is no more adoration from the Arsenal fans, which relationship broke down last summer over his desire to leave the club which was only curtailed once he received a pay increase. His performances this season have been hit and miss and the fans have reached the end of their tether with the Togolese striker.
If as reported Wenger has a budget of £30-£40million, the sale of Adebayor will enable him to buy a top striker without having to use any of his transfer budget. Three players currently plying their trade in Spain could fill the gap left by Adebayor. These are Eto’o, David Villa and Hunterlaar.
Barcelona tried last summer to sell Eto’o and he will once again be touted around Europe’s top clubs. Valencia, even if they qualify for the Champions League has severe financial trouble and an offer of around £20 million could see David Villa in an Arsenal shirt next season. Meanwhile, Hunterlaar’s Real Madrid career could be over. He was only bought as a shot term replacement for van Nistelrooy and has not settled well in Madrid. Real will be only too happy to recoup some of their £17 million outlay for this Dutch striker.
What is for sure is that Adebayor is now available for sale and Wenger said as much without get the FOR SALE out and hanging it around the Togolese striker’s neck!