Emmanuel Adebayor found himself on the fringes of the Tottenham squad under Andre Villas-Boas’ management, but has been reborn with Tim Sherwood at the helm.
The current Spurs boss restored the Togo international to the side after taking over in December, and the striker has repaid the favour with 10 goals in 17 Premier League appearances.
There’s just one problem for Adebayor - Sherwood’s future at White Hart Lane is in doubt, meaning his could be as well.
And according to il Roma, the 30-year-old’s agents have offered him to Napoli - a club Spurs are already thought to be negotiating with over Etienne Capoue and Jan Vertonghen.
Adebayor’s Tottenham contract expires in 2015 and is said to be available for a manageable £5m, but Napoli have other concerns over a possible deal.
Particularly, the striker’s wages. Adebayor is reportedly on £100,000 per week in North London, and il Roma have claimed that Napoli wouldn’t be willing to pay him even £55,000 per week.
A £55,000 per week salary at the San Paolo would put Adebayor behind only Gonzalo Higuain - the man he’d be backing up - on the club’s wage bill.
And on top of this sticking point, the Napoli hierarchy has reportedly questioned Adebayor’s suitability as cover for Higuain from a tactical standpoint.
In short, there are quite a few roadblocks in the path to southern Italy for the Togo international.
It’s hard to see Adebayor going to Napoli unless he accepts a massive salary cut and boss Rafa Benitez sticks his neck out for him.
Both of which don’t seem likely to happen, given Adebayor’s history of commanding high wages and being a disruptive presence in the dressing room.
If the mercurial striker’s future does indeed lie away from White Hart Lane, don’t expect it to be with Napoli.
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