Gael Clichy has aimed his size 11s fairly and squarely at Emmanuel Adebayor this morning whilst promoting his new Umbro boots:
I really believe if you are a player who thinks only about money then you could end up at Manchester City. You have to think if you want to play for a big club and have your image or if you want to earn big money. When you ask someone to move for something like £300k per week it is just crazy.
That is pretty much indicative of the reasons that Clichy believes Adebayor moved which is somewhat at odds with the rationale that Adebayor put forward.
Clichy is not unduly concerned with the City spending pattern these past transfer windows:
It does not always mean a team will do well. Sometimes when you have players coming in it can take six to seven months for them to adjust.
That is the nub of the question about the way in which City have addressed the deficiencies in their squad. Can Mark Hughes really bring out the best of the new boys and weave them into the first team, everyone firing on all cylinders from the first kick-off? It seems unlikely. So far this summer, they have focussed on attack with Barry the only non-striker brought in.
Defensively, City were not great and are agitating for Terry or Toure to move to Eastlands. The former is a problem since Chelsea do not want to sell, the latter, well his brother Yaya hinted at the problems City face when he observed that Kolo would not move there because it is a step down. In other words, Yaya agrees with Clichy about money being the only reason anyone joins the self-styled revolution.
It is a sign of the regard in which Kolo Toure is held that he is being linked with a move away. Having seemingly come through his tough spell, his form adversely affected by his personal relationship with Gallas and injuries, Toure is still one of the best centre backs in the Premier League. Little doubt that there was some loyalty to a friend when Adebayor answered the loaded questions of hacks but don’t forget, this is a man who witnessed the Ivorian in training every week during his spell at Arsenal.
Elsewhere, various transfer targets are signing for lesser clubs or will be doing so in the very near future so we are told. The “I told you so’s” will be starting with Lorik Cana who apparently is off to Sunderland where he could be joined by Marouane Chamakh whilst Klaas Jan Huntelaar is going to sign for Spurs, or as one erudite hack put it this morning, “the Graveyard of talent at White Hart Lane“. Emmanuel Eboue, it seems, is still wanted by Fiorentina. Reports suggest that a £5.6m fee has been agreed between the two clubs although others seem to think that there is an £8m fee which has put the mockers on any transfer. Andrea Della Valle, La Viola President said:
Eboue is a really good player but it won’t be easy to take him to Florence
Perhaps Dylan could serenade the Ivorian, almost Pied Piper-ish, and the soothing quality of his music could take Eboue to Dougal’s cast off. Failing that Zebedee could bounce in and kidnap him. Boinggggg!