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Barcelona after Adebayor

Arsenal have stopped Milan’s interest in Emmanuel Adebayor after Milan admitted that £24m was too much. This has opened the gate of Barcelona who are seeking the Togo international.

Adebayor scored 30 goals last season and said he was commited to Arsenal but has announced he is interested in a move over the summer. The indecision has cast doubt over his contract with the club they don’t know whether to richen his contact or sell him.

Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, completed the purchase of the Sevilla full-back Daniel Alves yesterday for £23.5m but is keen to secure another big-name signing before club members vote on a motion of no confidence on Sunday. Milan have merely inquired about Adebayor’s availability but now claim to have been put off by Arsenal’s asking price. “They want around £35m and that is an impossible request,” said their vice-president, Adriano Galliani.

Adebayor’s agent, Stéphane Courbis, has insisted his client is “not greedy” but the striker wants an improvement on his current £35,000-a-week deal at Arsenal, who have expressed a willingness to pay him nearer £45,000 a week. Arsène Wenger is keen to hold on to him but would sell him for the right price rather than keep a disaffected player.

The Arsenal manager has already earmarked Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz or Newcastle’s Obafemi Martins as potential replacements should Adebayor make it clear he is not prepared to remain at the club.

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