Togo centre forward, formerly of Arsenal and Manchester City, receives £1.4m if he remains at Tottenham Hotspur in February…
Only in the bonkers world of professional football could a player seemingly be rewarded by his former employers for not competing for his current club.
While, on the face of it, that is how Emmanuel Adabayor's situation appears, it is actually far more complex.
Having made just one substitute appearance for Tottenham Hotspur this season, Adebayor would be forgiven for seeking a mid-season exit in order to secure first-team football and continue with his own personal career progression.
Since the summer transfer window closed, Adebayor has been speculatively linked with a switch to Championship side QPR, with Besiktas ready to rescue Adebayor from White Hart Lane in the winter window.
However, if the 29-year-old elected to shun any transfer, he would actually stand to earn an extraordinary £1.4m as, if he remains on the Spurs books in February, the Lilywhite outfit would owe Manchester City the sum as part of the agreed transfer that brought the player from the Etihad to North London.
The money would not stay in the City account for long, though, because City have to then forward it on to Adebayor, because, in the words of a Metro report, they are legally bound to 'top up his wages' as he took a 'pay cut' to move to Tottenham.
Adebayor has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £8.8m. He is reportedly on £170k.
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