Chelsea’s shock move for Emmanuel Adebayor
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Chelsea’s shock move for Emmanuel Adebayor

Fola Akintomide

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all linked with major transfer dealings in the Saturday papers.

An eye-catching one this, with the Daily Express claiming Jose Mourinho wants Emmanuel Adebayor to replace Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Adebayor still has another year to run on his contract, and Chelsea would be willing to cover his £100,000-a-week wages to take him on loan from Spurs.

It sounds weird, but this actually makes a lot of sense. Mourinho wants an experienced third-choice striker behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy, and Chelsea are just about the only side willing and able to pay Adebayor’s wages. The striker has worked with Mourinho before, and as an additional squad option he appears a low-risk, high-upside signing.

Manchester United continue to monitor Dynamo Kiev’s Aleksandar Dragovic ahead of a potential summer move for the centre-back, the Daily Mirror claims. The Austrian, who is also coveted by Arsenal and Roma, could be available for £12m. Mats Hummels remains Louis van Gaal’s top target, while United are also confident of landing Nathaniel Clyne and Kevin Strootman.

Given United’s defensive woes this season, virtually any addition at centre-back would constitute a good one. They have tried and failed for years to land Hummels, and the 24-year-old Dragovic seems a more realistic target.

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