A good day for Spurs fans with Paulinho set to join for £17 Million and Turkish interest in Emmanuel Adebayor. The Brazilian midfielder tearfully announced his departure from Corinthians in an emotional press conference. The 24-year-old midfielder has also achieved the feat of being one of those rare players to be serenaded on his way out the door.
'I want to thank Paulinho for everything he has done for Corinthians,' said Corinthians director of football Roberto de Andrade. 'We will never forget him - the great person he is - and his national team title (the Confederations Cup with Brazil) is well-deserved. Corinthians are proud for having had a player like him. It's fair he continues his life at an English club, to know a new culture.'
Emmanuel Adebayor is more likely to receive a well-placed kick from Andre Villas-Boas as he departs from White Hart Lane with Besiktas a potential suitor. The Turkish giants 'hope he is tempted by the country’s tiddly 15 per cent tax rate.' The removal of £80,000 a week off the wage bill would aid Tottenham's pursuit of various strikers around the world of football. Daniel Levy will apparently have to part with £25 Million to sign either Christian Benteke from Aston Villa or Roberto Soldado from Valencia with the never-ending the Leandro Damião saga shows no sign of coming to a positive conclusion.
Another player who won't quite be love bombed as he departs is Christopher Samba. We can only imagine the relief flooding over Tony Fernandes' body as he accepted Anzhi Makhachkala's £12 Million bid. The Congolese defender had been signed for a £12.5 Million by QPR in the January transfer window on a contract of £100,000-a-week for four and a half years. While the money paid for him was exorbitant, it was shocking how poorly Samba performed as he and Clint Hill combined to give Rangers the worst centre-back pairing in the Premier League. Anzhi have surprisingly not been put off by this with the ubiquitous 'Sky Sources' saying that the 29-year old is flying to Russia for a medical.
Arsene Wenger seems to have come to the reasonable conclusion that Mikel Arteta is not really a viable defensive midfielder as various outlets reporting the Gunners had a £19 Million bid for Lars Bender rejected Bayer Leverkusen . The Bundesliga club have already sold André Schürrle to Chelsea and Daniel Carvajal to Real Madrid buying and 'are adamant that they will not sell.' According to the Telegraph, other potential targets for the role include Toulouse’s Étienne Capoue, Marouane Fellaini and Ilkay Gundogan.
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