Citizens seal Adebayor deal

18 July 2009 07:20
Manchester City have completed the signing of Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £25million. The 25-year-old has penned a five-year contract at Eastlands after successfully passing a medical to seal his move north from the Gunners. Citizens manager Mark Hughes told his club's official website: "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." Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had earlier said of the Togo international: "We'll miss him, but of course we want to focus on the players that are with us at the moment. "We want to wish him well and thank him for everything he has done for the club. I wish him well, I am sure he will give something special to Man City." Adebayor scored 62 goals in 142 appearances for the Gunners following his arrival from Monaco in January 2006.

Source: ESA