Friday, 17 October 2008

Juventus Eye January Swoop For Arsenal's Adebayor?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to face another fight to keep striker Emmanuel Adebayor when the transfer window opens in January, with Serie A giants Juventus reportedly interested in the Togolese International, according to reports.

It was widely expected that 24-year-old Adebayor would leave the Gunners in the summer, with AC Milan along with La Liga side Barcelona making the former AS Monaco player their top transfer target. However, the Rossoneri baulked at the £30million asking price, with Barca going as far as to meet with Adebayor to discuss personal terms, but Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola dropped his interest in Adebayor after meeting with the striker, with the Blaugrana reportedly not willing to meet Adebayor’s demands for more than £100,000-a-week salary to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Juve have been widely reported as ready to make some big-money signings in January. The fans at La Vecchia Signora are not happy at Claudio Ranieri’s sides start to the Scudetto or their Champions League campaign and are demanding the arrival of star players in Turin.

The Bianconeri had been linked with a move for Luka Modric at Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur along with an audacious bid for Steven Gerrard at Liverpool and now reports in Italy claim that it is Adebayor that tops the list of targets for Juve in January.

However, Wenger will be as reluctant to let Adebayor leave in January as he was in the summer and will demand in excess of £30million to let Adebayor end his stay at the Emirates. Juve see the signing of Adebayor as more realistic than that of Modric or Gerrard after the player came close to leaving the Premier League in the summer and a big money bid for the Togolese striker could materialise in January.

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