Adebayor and Boateng sales could be scuppered by City's attempts to claw back spending
Published 22:55 23/06/11 By David Anderson
Marseille want Manchester City misfit Emmanuel Adebayor.
They have joined Paris St Germain, Zenit St Petersburg and Blackburn in attempting to strike a deal with Adebayor to end his Eastlands misery.
The striker is reluctant to go to either Zenit or Blackburn and Marseille feel they can tempt him back to Ligue 1, where he spent five years with Metz and Monaco, with the lure of Champions League football.
However they must meet City's £14million asking price for Adebayor and the Blues are determined to recoup most of the £25million they paid to Arsenal two years ago.
Marseille will also have to fork out to satisfy Adebayor's wage demands and the Togo star has three years left on his £140,000-a-week deal at City.
The Blues hierarchy are adamant they will not subsidise the wages of any departing player as they attempt to rein in the massive spending of the last three years.
This has caused friction with boss Roberto Mancini who feels he cannot offload outcasts like Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Jerome Boateng because of City's tough stance.
Boateng is frustrated by City's insistence that Bayern Munich pay £17million to take him back to Germany. He feels this is excessive after the Blues paid just £10.4million to sign him from Hamburg last summer.
Bayern are refusing to pay City's asking price, leaving the German international defender in limbo. "I must be patient," said Boateng, who has failed to make his mark at Eastlands. "There is really not a great deal more that can be said.
"I'm concentrating on my training and hope that a resolution will be found quickly - and I believe it will."