Spurs will be in the market for a striker this summer but unless they sell Gareth Bale, they could be restricted in terms of the cash they can spend and the calibre of player they can go after.
Lisandro Lopez is one target they have been linked with and he’s given them the green light to try and sign him, by saying that he wants to quit Lyon at the end of the season.
It would be a clever move by AVB over a high profile one and Lopez could inject some much needed quality and experience into the side.
Despite the fact Adebayor is on a long deal until the summer of 2015, his consistency this season has been shocking which has increased the strain across the rest of the Tottenham attacking unit, in particular Bale.
The same report from the Express suggests that Lopez could be available on a deal for as little as £5 million because he holds no real financial value to his current club.
He’s publicly fallen out with Lyon’s manager in France and the fact that Spurs tried to get him on loan, late last January, proves that he is a well liked target for AVB and has been for some time.
That makes it a worthwhile punt for Spurs and there are many reasons this forward could signal the end of Adebayor’s career in the first team.
Lopez’s record this season is solid, far more solid than Adebayor has been able to produce. Lopez has bagged ten goals and four assists in 26 appearances for the French side.
Adebayor has managed just three goals all season without any assists, which won’t make it difficult for AVB to give Lopez a decent run of games in the side to see what he can do.
It’s the experience angle he brings to the table, which is key and will keep him in the side ahead of Adebayor; he scored 16 league goals in 2011/2012, 17 league goals in 2010/2011, 15 in 2009/2010 and ten for Porto the season before that.
That experience of being able to regularly score goals is something Spurs have been craving because it takes pressure away from Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe and simply increases Spurs’ chances of winning big games.
If Spurs add Lopez to their squad and the Argentinean maintains the consistent form he’s shown throughout the last few years, the club will have a very competitive squad which is important heading into possible Champions League football.
For Adebayor, his career is hanging in the balance. The fact he’s got two years left on his deal means a big fee for any side that wants him, which may put them off from trying to do a deal.
That means he could be confined to the bench, effectively ending his career under AVB unless he can find something, some sort of spark which proves he can still do a job for the side.
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