Manchester City’s spending hits £130m as Adebayor signs

Manchester City clinched the most spectacular signing of the summer so far when Emmanuel Adebayor headed north last night to complete a £25million move from Arsenal.

The arrival of Adebayor made up for an embarrassing 2-0 defeat against South African side Orlando Pirates as City’s Abu Dhabi owners flexed their financial muscles once again.

City have now spent £130m in transfer fees alone during 2009 and manager Mark Hughes will be heartened by the news that defensive target Joleon Lescott has told Everton boss David Moyes he wants to speak to them about a move to Eastlands.

Adebayor travelled to Manchester yesterday for a medical after a nervy 24 hours in which City feared the striker was hankering after a move to Chelsea.

But the Togo striker’s decision to join on wages of around £170,000 a week proves the club are deadly serious about breaking into the top four next season.

Hughes confirmed: ‘Emmanuel has shown his quality over many years. He is a proven scorer in the Premier League and for us it’s all about having different options and carrying a goal threat, whoever we play. We have to get all our players to the right level so that in any given game we have the right combinations.’

Having added Adebayor to three other attacking players signed in this transfer window – Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz – Hughes will now turn his attention to defence.

City have already lodged two bids for Chelsea captain John Terry. Although an initial £15m offer for Everton’s Lescott was turned down, the player is keen to talk to Hughes about the City project where he would double his wages to £100,000.


Reference : Daily Mail