Adebayor On The Way Out
The silence has been deafening from the Emirates. The silence that is, to deny that Adebayor is not leaving the club.
In the past and we can look at Vieira, every season he was with us, Henry for the last three season, Cesc last two seasons and even Adebayor last season, Wenger was very vocal in telling everyone that these players were going nowhere.
On the flip side when Overmars, Petit, Henry and Hleb all moved to Barcelona and when Vieira moved to Juventus, there was silence from the Arsenal chief.
There are striking similarities with the Adebayor saga of this summer… silence. Adebayor has, after his agent indicating the need to speak to Wenger, made it known he sees himself at Arsenal next season, but he does not know what the manager wants. Well if Wenger has not assured Adebayor of his future and the striker has left it all in the air, then it can only mean that Arsene is contemplating selling the big man.
There were rumours of a Chelsea bid; these have increased as Ancelotti has become Chelsea’s manager. We do not know if Ancelotti is a fan of Adebayor, but it is no secret that AC Milan were interested last summer, but they spent their budget on Ronaldinho. Wenger has not poured any cold water on these stories by stating that he is easy with selling a player to Chelsea. In fact in recent seasons we have bought Gallas and Diarra from Chelsea, whilst selling Ashley Cole. Adebayor will only happen if Drogba leaves, otherwise Ancelotti will be left with three main strikers and they will probably play with one out and out striker.
Stories are today emerging of a £15 million bid from AC Milan. Well a few weeks ago Wenger would have agreed to this, but knowing that AC Milan are about to receive £56.2 million, then I can see Arsenal play hardball over this. Not the actual sale, as I believe this is a done deal, but the fee. Arsenal will probably try and settle at a joint fee of £25 million for both Adebayor and Senderos.
Such a fee will give Arsene a good budget to go out and strengthen the team. With £10 million anticipated to be spent on bringing Thomas Vermaelen to the club, this leaves £15 million to spend on one or two more players, plus whatever budget he was given by the board.
What is for sure is that Wenger does not have the desire to hold on to Adebayor. This season proved to Arsene what he suspected that the 2007/08 season was an “exceptional” season for Adebayor.