Manchester City has clinched the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on a five-year deal from Arsenal after his medical at Eastlands today.
The 25-year-old Togo international signed for the Gunners from Ligue 1 side Monaco for £3m in 2006, scoring a total of 62 goals in 142 appearances for the North London side.
Mark Hughes first confirmed that City were interested in the powerful 6`3 striker at the unveiling of Carlos Tevez, and now the deal has finally been completed, City manager Mark Hughes stated: ‘Emmanuel has been one of the top forwards in the Premier League since he arrived from France and we are delighted he has agreed to come and join us.’
‘Along with the other signings we have made in the last two windows he will greatly enhance our ability to compete with the top sides.
‘His arrival is another clear indication that we are determined to augment the players we have here with the best of international talent.
‘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.’
Around 300 City fans greeted Adebayor outside the City of Manchester Stadium to which the striker expressed his delight:’It made me feel really welcome and special and I can`t wait to play for City`s fans and show them what I can do.
‘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.’
The deal for the 2008 African footballer of the year is reported to be in the region of £25m and he joins an increasingly potent City front-line consisting of star strikers Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Robinho, taking the overall striker count to nine- not including on-loan Brazilian Jo.
With such swollen numbers, there are likely to be a number of exists from Eastlands including Ched Evans and Benjani.
Adebayor missed City’s clash in the Vodacom Challenge which they lost 2-0 against the Orlando Pirates and will now head out to South Africa to join up with his new teammates.
It has been confirmed that he will wear the number 25 shirt.
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