Emmanuel Adebayor has signed a permanent deal to join Tottenham Hotspur.
The transfer was looming all Summer but now the saga has finally been concluded as Adebayor has put pen to paper to join Spurs on a permanent basis.
Last season the 28-year old Togolese striker was at Spurs on a season-long loan from Manchester City. He was the club’s top goalscorer with 18 goals in 37 appearances. He also provided 12 assists.
The striker appears happy to be back:
“I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City.
It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted to be back at Tottenham Hotspur. I really enjoyed my time here last season and I am hoping we can achieve great things together again.”
– Emmanuel Adebayor
Spurs are believed to have paid a transfer fee of £5m to Manchester City.
Both clubs reached an agreement a couple of weeks ago, but personal terms proved to be a stumbling block up until now. It is rumoured that City will pay Adebayor a severance package to compensate for his drop in wages. His wages at City were estimated at £170,000 per week.
Adebayor joined Manchester City in the Summer of 2009. The Citizens paid Arsenal £25m for the striker. After scoring 14 goals in 26 league appearances during his first season at City, Adebayor fell down the pecking order in the 2010/11 season after City signed Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli.
Adebayor joined Real Madrid on loan in January 2011, scoring 8 goals in 22 appearances for Los Merengues.
Before the start of the 2011/12 season Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini stated that Adebayor was no longer in his plans and that the club was willing to listen to offers for the striker. On September 10th he made his debut for Spurs and scored the opening goal in a 2-0 away victory at Wolves.