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Adebayor Seals City Switch

Adebayor Seals City Switch

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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Date:Saturday July 18 2009
Time: 7:20PM

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You have no idea how happy Arsenal fans are.
18/07/2009 19:24:00
that enormous whoosh you heard was the sigh of relief echoing around Stamford Bridge!
18/07/2009 19:26:00
You have no idea how happy Manchester City fans are.
18/07/2009 19:26:00
True Merlin mate! After all, you've got Daniel Sturridge! We'll have to make do with Carlos, RSC, Robinho, Adebayor and Bellamy. Oh well!
18/07/2009 19:27:00
0 offence mate but he was unhappy about being played as a lone striker and he will bang the goals in with someone at the side if him next season..your loss mate and you will see that.
Mike Hunt
18/07/2009 19:32:00
I find it odd that city fans seem to doubt the sincerity of gooners who are pleased to see him go. I for one am delighted. It's not just a defensive reaction to try and disguise any dissapointment that he's left, it really is genuine. And it isn't just because of his his poor attitude, it's also because he's not really that good, and Hughes will be regarded as a cult hero for giving us £25m for him. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to put city down at all, I think he's probably a bit better than what you already have, and maybe he will do well for you, but he has been poor for Arsenal over the last year or so and will honestly not be missed. If he was half as good as he thinks he is, then he's be an awesome player, but sadly he is not. Mike Hunt (indeed) 2 years ago he was played as a lone striker and had his best year. Last season he was always played with a partner, but his general lack of technique, touch and awareness meant he was outscored by Van Persie and managed the same in open play as Bendtner, who started far fewer.
18/07/2009 19:47:00
Ade signed for City because no Champions League team came in for him. That's no dig at City, but instead it's just the truth. There is a reason that nobody wants him. Adebayor will be another victim of the leaving Arsenal curse. Your midfield cannot give him the chances he was on the receiving end of during the 07/08 campaign.
18/07/2009 19:47:00
Not our loss at all. The guy is a trouble making little tw*t who's greed and ego is only eclipsed by the amount of offsides and missed chances. And Adebayor played more games alongside another striker than on his own. Oliver, Tevez = average, RSC = average, Bellamy = average and Adebayor and Robinho are hardly not world class. the signings you have made are vastly over-rated. Had you signed David Villa and Eto'o, fair enough, buy you got Santa Cruz and Adebayor.
18/07/2009 19:48:00
Are you planning on converting Bellamy and Bojinov into centre-backs this pre-season! :)
18/07/2009 19:51:00
Why bother about him?
18/07/2009 19:57:00
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