Manchester City news

Adebayor in Zenit's sights

June 22, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Emmanuel Adebayor has become the latest recruitment target for Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, according to reports in the Guardian and the Daily Mail, as Manchester City look to offload a host of players.

Emmanuel Adebayor is in the sights of Zenit St Petersburg
GettyImagesEmmanuel Adebayor is in the sights of Zenit St Petersburg

Adebayor spent the second half of last season on loan to Real Madrid, where he scored five goals in 14 appearances, but the striker has been told that a permanent deal will not eventuate at the Bernabeu. City are understood to be keen to sell a number of unwanted players this summer, including Adebayor who takes home £130,000 per week.

Tottenham were originally interested in signing the Togo international, but Harry Redknapp was unable to come up with the funds to pay Adebayor's high wages. Blackburn Rovers, though, still have their sights set on the former Arsenal man.

Meanwhile, City will meet with Craig Bellamy's representatives later this week in order to smooth over a deal which would see the Welshman join Celtic. The club's reserve goalkeeper David Gonzalez is also expected to head north, with Aberdeen interested in the shot-stopper's services on a six-month loan deal.