Media round-up: Thursday, 24th November featuring Adebayor, Cavani and Mehmet Topal
By Ric Turner, Thu 24 November 2011 08:34
The Sun report that Emmanuel Adebayor has opened the door to a permanent move from Manchester City to White Hart Lane, but is unwilling to take a paycut. Adebayor insists the money is not just for him but for several children's charity projects he supports in Togo and the Ivory Coast. The African icon said: "We all play football to get money. I have to give something back to my community and I will keep doing this until the end of my career.
City boss Roberto Mancini is lining up a bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to replace Carlos Tevez, according to the Daily Star. But Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has warned the Blues to forget signing any of his stars on the cheap. He said: “If Sheikh Mansour (owner) wants to buy one of our jewels, he should pay much more than he has already spent at City.”
De Laurentiis, meanwhile, has accused Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour of treating City like a "toy". “Mansour has wanted to build a toy, but if he does not win in four or five years, maybe he leaves. Maybe after investing so much, if something does not start winning immediately, he will draw the curtains and go somewhere else and buy another toy.”
Carlos Tevez is wanted by Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan but City say he will not leave on loan in January, only in a straight-cash deal. Mancini outlined their position when he told Italian TV: “Tevez is strong regardless of what has happened, and great players have a price that is rather high.”
Chelsea and Manchester City have been scouting Valencia midfielder Mehmet Topal for two months, according to his agent Batur Altiparma. "They have been watching him for two months now but I must stress there is nothing concrete from either club." Altiparmak told The International Business Times.