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Could Italian giants lure Emmanuel Adebayor away from Arsenal?

The end of the season is approaching with speed, so agents around the globe are awaking from their slumber to do their customary few weeks worth of damage in linking their clients with other clubs in order to squeeze a little extra cash into their 15% earnings.

As a result, Emmanuel Adebayor has found himself linked with a move to Italy in the past few days, with agent Vincenzo Morabito claiming that both AC Milan and Juventus are interested in signing the 24-year-old hitman.

Morabito was also the agent who claimed that Alexander Hleb had held talks with Inter Milan earlier this season, so I'm doubting very much if he's a man that Arsene Wenger would willingly have circling around his squad. But with agents only increasing their fees when their clients get new deals, it's hardly surprising that it's at this time of the season that they start to become more vocal.

With 27 goals to his name so far this season, the fact that Adebayor is attracting the attention of rival clubs shouldn't come as too much of a shock. But the Togolese striker seems to be genuinely happy playing under Wenger, so I can't see that he'll be itching for a move to Serie A, unless of course the money on offer overrides any sense of loyalty...

As with all stories linking Arsenal players with transfers, you would hope that someone at the club would be pointing out that very few players have more success when they move away from North London.

The list of players whose careers take a downward spiral is a very long one indeed - Robert Pires, Jose Antonio Reyes, Edu, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and, of course, Thierry Henry are just a few recent examples that spring to mind.

Indeed, the only player I can think of whose career improved when he left the Gunners (under Arsene Wenger's tutelage) is Giovanni van Bronckhorst. If you can think of any others, feel free to let me know.

Anyway, back to Adebayor. Arsenal paid an estimated £3 million to Monaco back in January 2006 for Ade-cool, which, given his development since then, was an absolute bargain and further proof of Le Gaffer's ability to identify talent.

Should Arsene want to cash in, then there's no doubt that he could sell Manu for £15 million-plus if he wanted to, but I reckon that's the last thing on Wenger's mind, as he starts to make his plans for Arsenal's campaign next season.

One word of caution, however, is that the new Article 17 law, or the Webster ruling as it is more commonly known, could really hit the Gunners in the months and years to come.

The law allows players under the age of 28 to buy out the remainder of their contracts once they have been with a club for three years. Those aged 28-plus can buy out their deals after two years.

That means Adebayor could leave as early as next January if he really wanted to, while the likes of Alexander Hleb could invoke the ruling now and Cesc Fabregas could walk away next year, despite having agreed an eight-year deal with the Gunners just two years ago.

Ignoring all the speculation linking Arsenal players with summer defections to other clubs is difficult for us fans, but I reckon Le Boss will persuade all of his squad members to stay and build upon the excellent foundations they laid this year. A little more determination and experience could prove all the difference in winning trophies next season and our players know it, so even if Juve and Milan get into a bidding war, don't bet on Adebayor leaving Emirates just yet.

What do you think? Will Adebayor be tempted with a switch to Serie A? Will Arsenal's failure to win silverware this season prompt a summer exodus? Or will the players show faith in Arsene Wenger and sign extended contracts to keep them at the club for many years to come? Share your opinions here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 23, 2008 12:10 PM in Debate of the Day| Players| Transfers
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Adebyor, thanx for showing some improvements and maturity in front of goal this season. Im sure this lad will stay around the emirates for quite some time to come..WE want you ADE!!!

Posted by: | April 30, 2008 11:33 AM

Adebyor, thanx for showing some improvements and maturity in front of goal this season. Im sure this lad will stay around the emirates for quite some time to come..WE want you ADE!!!

Posted by: Hamilton | April 30, 2008 11:34 AM

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