I’ve read a lot of stuff over Emmanuel Adebayor in recent weeks and months, with the striker supposedly interested in a move away from the club, with Italy seemingly his preferred destination.
Over the summer, the Togolese striker was warned by Bobby Mancini to knuckle down and stop trying to engineer a transfer in the same manner as when he was at Arsenal, when he looked to join AC Milan.
But it seems like the striker took no notice of his manager’s instructions when, just a couple of weeks ago he was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying “I am going through a delicate moment in my career and something has to change. I am not annoyed with (Roberto) Mancini and we have an honest rapport, but we can’t go on like this indefinitely. Therefore, if Juve want me…”
The latest reports are that Lazio are now interested in the striker and they could be ready to challenge Juventus for Adebayor’s signature during the January transfer window. And the striker could be given further incentive to leave the blues once new striker Mario Balotelli returns to fitness, but even his future is already being thrown into doubt.
The Italian scored the winner on his debut at Timisoara in the Europa League but has since been sidelined with injury. And now reports are emerging that the striker has refused to rule out a future move to Italy, although he does admit he is happy in Manchester and it would be a huge blow to Mancini and his future plans if he lost both Adebayor and Balotelli, leaving just the dynamic duo of Roque Santa Cruz and Jo as striking back up to Carlos Tevez.
I would hate to see Balotelli leave as he could be the spark we need that will propel us to success but, to be honest, I wouldn’t shed many tears if Adebayor left. Let’s face it, he has been a bit of a problem since joining City. There is little doubt that the striker has talent, but it’s his temperament that often gets in the way of football. Last season, Ade missed seven games through suspension, three following his ‘assault’ on Robin van Persie and the other four after he was sent off against Stoke City.
But, with Balotelli still not due to return from injury and the alleged fall-out between Tevez and Mancini, would it be bad timing if Ade left in January or should the blues cut their losses with him?
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