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Could this be Ade-Bye-Bye?

Could this be Ade-Bye-Bye?

The rumours have been running for a few days now with a persistency that makes it difficult to ignore them completely. Adebayor is joining Barcelona for a fee somewhere between £17m and £24m the Spanish press would have you believe. Though Adebayor himself claimed a week ago that he was remaining at the club a week in the murky world of football transfers is a long time. Even so the rumours don`t sit well with Wenger`s declared objective of keeping the current squad together.

The latest claims are that Adebayor has texted a couple of unnamed players at the club, probably not Bendtner I suspect, to inform them that he is a Barca player. Milan agent Ernesto Bronzetti says that the deal depends on Barca getting shot of Eto,o , Deco and Ronaldinho.

All of this is wrapped up in the politics at Barcelona where Joan Laporta faces a crucial vote of confidence at the beginning of next month. So are Barcelona just using this pursuit to shore up a flagging presidency?

Adebayor, currently in Togo, is saying little publicly but was quoted yesterday as saying, "Now is not the time to talk. It maybe necessary to say something later". But it also seems just a little curious that the club having supposedly dismissed Milan`s approach has said nothing at all about the growing link with Barca.

Transfer rumours spring up from very little. Clichy was apparently being targeted by two Italian clubs on the same day that he was signing a new contract at the club. The club clearly can`t respond to every bit of transfer tittle-tattle but we may be reaching the point where they owe us an answer on this one sooner rather than later.

Unless it is part of a deal that brings an experienced player in it is virtually impossible to contemplate Arsene countenancing the sale of a player who still has 4 years of his contract to run. He clearly doesn`t have to sell so presumably he would only let him go if he were happy to sell. If he does go then surely it can only be as part of some greater masterplan Gooners would hope.

Adebayor`s departure would be an inconvenience to headline writers though we may very well have exhausted all possible combinations by now. Arshavin might provide some opportunities but probably only of a rather vulgar nature.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Sunday June 22 2008
Time: 10:19AM

Comments

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I'm a bit disapointed with this article. I know it is a slow news day but why keep giving credibility to thouse rubbish stories in the papers? after all Ade has come out him self and said he's going nowere, some papers even say that he's going here or there and then later contradict them self in the same article by stating that he is actually not going at all becouse he doe's not want to go and the club doe's not want to sell.
Armory
22/06/2008 10:53:00
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I'm a bit disapointed with this article. I know it is a slow news day but why keep giving credibility to thouse rubbish stories in the papers? after all Ade has come out him self and said he's going nowere, some papers even say that he's going here or there and then later contradict them self in the same article by stating that he is actually not going at all becouse he doe's not want to go and the club doe's not want to sell.
Armory
22/06/2008 10:53:00
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If quotes are to be believed Armoury then you have to take into account more recent quotes attributed to Ade in which he says a move could happen. It's easy to cling to the quotes that makes you feel better but ultimately we don't know which are true and which aren't. One thing is for sure, with every passing day I become more and more positive that Adebayor will not be an Arsenal player next season. Which will be highly disapointing after all his chest beating and badge thumping ..... but it's something we've seen before from Ade's hero. Who does he play for again?
Rocky7
22/06/2008 11:21:00
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If quotes are to be believed Armoury then you have to take into account more recent quotes attributed to Ade in which he says a move could happen. It's easy to cling to the quotes that makes you feel better but ultimately we don't know which are true and which aren't. One thing is for sure, with every passing day I become more and more positive that Adebayor will not be an Arsenal player next season. Which will be highly disapointing after all his chest beating and badge thumping ..... but it's something we've seen before from Ade's hero. Who does he play for again?
Rocky7
22/06/2008 11:21:00
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If you can get anywhere near £20 million for him you would be beter off selling. I am sure Wenger will have a much cheaper option that will be able to fill his boots no problem.
dazza71
22/06/2008 11:23:00
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If you can get anywhere near £20 million for him you would be beter off selling. I am sure Wenger will have a much cheaper option that will be able to fill his boots no problem.
dazza71
22/06/2008 11:23:00
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It doesn't give anymore credibility to the rumours than already exists. Ade has said different things at different times. There may be something or nothing in all this but what's to fear by acknowledging the story? It may well be rubbish it may not. Much the same stance was taken last season when the Henry rumours were in their early stages.
Amos.
22/06/2008 11:24:00
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It doesn't give anymore credibility to the rumours than already exists. Ade has said different things at different times. There may be something or nothing in all this but what's to fear by acknowledging the story? It may well be rubbish it may not. Much the same stance was taken last season when the Henry rumours were in their early stages.
Amos.
22/06/2008 11:24:00
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Amos is correct. When you get stories like Clichy to Roma or Wenger to France then you can ignore them, but you can only ignore these stories for a certain amount of time before they gain more credibility. Wenger usually has a sly dig at these rumours, but after telling Milan he aint for sale he has done no such thing to Barcelona (that we are aware of, but why make one public but not the other). One thing is for sure is that whereas as AW has had his hand forced in the past, he seems to hold all the cards on this one .... he can make the "big" clubs work for him for a change!
Rocky7
22/06/2008 11:33:00
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Amos is correct. When you get stories like Clichy to Roma or Wenger to France then you can ignore them, but you can only ignore these stories for a certain amount of time before they gain more credibility. Wenger usually has a sly dig at these rumours, but after telling Milan he aint for sale he has done no such thing to Barcelona (that we are aware of, but why make one public but not the other). One thing is for sure is that whereas as AW has had his hand forced in the past, he seems to hold all the cards on this one .... he can make the "big" clubs work for him for a change!
Rocky7
22/06/2008 11:33:00
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