London: Manchester City is looking to sell striker Emmanuel Adebayor for five million pounds to Tottenham Hotspurs in order to facilitate Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie’s signing.
Spurs, now prepared to deliver a massive U-turn and pay nearly all of Adebayor’s 170,000 pounds-a-week wages, aim to finish the deal this week.
City believe the transfer would be a major step towards landing Arsenal’s skipper, as the Dutchman is not on speaking terms with the Togo star.
Van Persie, who insists he does not want to sign a new Emirates contract, is understood to be keen on a move to the Etihad.
But City boss Roberto Mancini is aware there is no way Van Persie will go near the club if Adebayor remains.
The pair clashed in September 2009 when Adebayor, having just signed for City, raked his studs across Van Persie’s face and then stamped on Cesc Fabregas during an explosive game.
Van Persie released a statement condemning a ‘mindless and malicious stamp’ and the pair has been at war ever since, a newspaper reports.
City are aware of the situation and know they must move Adebayor on, though they feared Spurs would struggle to meet the player’s huge wages.
Adebayor has two years left on his current deal but Spurs, who are also now paying Gareth Bale more than 100,000 pounds-a-week, are pushing out the boat for new boss Andre Villas-Boas.
City knows they must remove their excess big earners from the wage bill as they look to step up bid for Van Persie.
They are ready to make a 15 million pound initial offer, though last season’s 37-goal ace is still likely to be an Arsenal player when the two teams meet in a Beijing friendly on July 27.