Saturday, 25th June, 2011

Marseille have turned down the opportunity to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City after discovering the striker’s wage demands.

Adebayor spent the second half of last season on loan at Real Madrid, but Jose Mourinho looks unlikely to turn that move into a permanent arrangement, believing the €16M fee needed to be too high.

The Portuguese could yet have a change of heart, however there are more pressing concerns in the Spanish capital, such as the signing of full back Fabio Coentrao from Benfica.

This has left Adebayor searching for other avenues to avoid a return to Manchester City. While the Togo international has vowed to fight for his place if he is required to head back to Eastlands, the striker is mindful of a lack of opportunities under Roberto Mancini.

Marseille had been interested in Adebayor and, according to Le Provence, were offered the striker’s services by his agent, only to be informed of the former Arsenal man’s salary expectations.

The news was enough to cause Didier Deschamps’ side to instantly drop their interest and a move to the Stade Velodrome looks to be off the agenda.

Two other clubs remain interested in Adebayor and seem set to hold discussions with the forward’s agent, namely Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St. Petersburg – though the Russian club is not thought to appeal to the striker.

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