Adebayor completes move to Man City from Arsenal

Updated: 19 July 2009 10:27 IST

Emmanuel Adebayor became the third striker to join Manchester City in the offseason on Saturday, leaving Arsenal to sign a five-year deal at City.

Adebayor completes move to Man City from Arsenal

Manchester, England:

Emmanuel Adebayor became the third striker to join Manchester City in the offseason on Saturday, leaving Arsenal to sign a five-year deal at City and add to its already extensive attacking options.

The Togo international's signing on Saturday came at the end of a week that began with Argentina forward Carlos Tevez joining from Manchester United. Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz also recently moved to City from Blackburn.

"I can't wait to play for City's fans and show them what I can do," Adebayor said. "I was born to play football and that is what I want to do. I have come here to make history for this club and those supporters. It what the chairman and the manager told me that they want too and I can't wait to get started."

Adebayor's transfer fee was reported to be about 25 million pounds ($41 million).

"His arrival is another clear indication that we are determined to augment the players we have here with the best of international talent," City manager Mark Hughes said. "He adds vital balance and power to our attack. He has everything a top forward needs. He is versatile, powerful, quick and agile on the ball.

"I am looking forward to working with him as are the rest of the staff. He will definitely add a new dimension to our play. I have been a great admirer for a long time."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger added: "I am sure he will give something special to Manchester City _ we will miss him."

Apart from Tevez and Santa Cruz, Adebayor will be joining an attack that also contains record signing Robinho and Craig Bellamy, as Hughes continues to transform his squad using the wealth of the club's Abu Dhabi owner.

"We have got a number of strikers," Hughes said. "It's about making sure we are able to get everybody up to the right level and we can make sure against any given opposition we have the right combinations."

The need for more options was highlighted Saturday as Valeri Bojinov, Felipe Caicedo, Benjani Mwaruwari and Bellamy all failed to find the net as City lost 2-0 to the Orlando Pirates on a preseason tour of South Africa. City left Robinho, Tevez, Santa Cruz and midfield recruit Gareth Barry out of the team.

Hughes is not neglecting the need to bolster the defense, although his primary targets are proving difficult to capture.

Everton rejected a bid of 15 million pounds ($24.4 million) for England defender Joleon Lescott on Friday, while Chelsea has dismissed two offers for England captain John Terry, insisting the center back is not for sale at any price.

"That's Chelsea's stance and we understand that," Hughes said. "But we obviously are looking to strengthen in defensive areas and we are looking at all options."

City's latest bid for Terry was about 30 million pounds.

When asked if City would continue to pursue Terry, Hughes said: "It's a case of seeing at what level we want to go up to. If there comes a point where we can't progress, in any deal we are involved in, we walk away."



Topics : Football Manchester City
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