"Manchester City were last night closing in on an incredible £25million deal for Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor after finally completing the signing of Carlos Tevez."
- The Daily Mail, who seem very excited about transfers
I wouldn't call it incredible, since this is the summer that Melo was valued at £21.5m, Tevez at £25.5m and Valencia at £17m, but it is a lot of money. Actually, considering City are willing to throw £30m at John Terry, I thought they could've given us an extra £5m or so. Adebayor dances a lot better than Terry, after all.
I really hope this one goes through. Adebayor might not be what City need, but getting him out of Arsenal is what we need. Adebayor offers a lot to Arsenal, but it's doubtful whether he's motivated enough to deliver. And if that money can be re-invested in a really, really good player, then we're almost good to go.
I suppose Chamakh's the favourite as the replacement, but to be honest, I'd rather keep the money and splurge on that defensive midfielder we really require. We've van Persie and Eduardo as our main strikers, with Bendtner and Walcott as our reserves. That's fairly strong, provided we can keep everyone healthy. It's stronger than our midfield, at any rate. We really do need someone to partner Cesc, someone preferably more experienced than Blaise Matuidi.
The transfer market is inflated at the moment. Even Alex Ferguson finds it a bit over-priced. So maybe we should prioritise which positions we really need to strengthen. I'd like us to make a bid for Diarra from Real Madrid. He's 28, a destroyer in midfield, and has the experience to lift our youngsters to the next level. And even if he'll cost us 80,000 a week, he'll still be worth more than a disinterested Adebayor.