Manu to Man U as striker heads for Emirates exit

by CARL ELDRIDGE See, he does have a conscience. That’s if you believe this morning’s Guardian. For the must-read organ of the liberal masses claims Emmanuel Adebayor is stalling on a move to Manchester City because of how his wallet-busting wages will be thought of by his fellow Togolese.
The paper argues that the Arsenal striker fears his switch to Eastlands “could lead to strong criticisms of his motives in his native Togo”.  It continues: “The striker’s misgivings are such that City have been forced to delay plans for a medical while he considers their offer of a salary worth in excess of £150,000 a week.
Adebayor has concerns about being perceived as money-driven if he should leave a club that is hugely popular in Africa and go to one that has a much lower standing.” Ok, Manu, give it some thought, stroke your chin a bit with a furrowed brow…then take the £150,000 a week.
Meanwhile, my personal favourite, the Daily Star, reminds us that it is former Gooner Brian “On the wing” Marwood who is pushing the deal through in his role as Head of Important Thingies with a Salary to Match at City. Marwood, it claims, flew to London to ensure Adebayor signs in time to board the plane to South Africa for a 10-day pre-season tour.
The rest of the good old tabloids have few such reservations that Adebayor will exit Emirates and turn their focus on potential replacements.
The Sun tell us that Arsene Wenger “has been told top striker target Marouane Chamakh will cost £7million PLUS defender Mikael Silvestre”. Surely no need for the capitalisation.
The Daily Mail concedes also that Adebayor is on his way to Manchester. United, that is. The paper claims he “was offered to United after negotiations with Manchester City over a £25million move from Arsenal stalled”. And so desperate is he to move to rain-soaked Mancunia, Adebayor’s agents have even alerted Bury, Stockport and Oldham but ruled out a move to Altrincham as they would baulk at his wage demands. Kidding.
One replacement I haven’t seen linked with glorious Gunners is Kenwyn Jones, who would appear surplus to Steve Bruce’s requirements at Sunderland if, as seems likely, the Black Cats capture Peter “I always have to” Crouch. And if Jones comes to N5, none of the already prepared team photography would have to be airbrushed as he is a dead ringer for Adebayor.

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