Adebayor holding Arsenal ransom

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has told Arsenal he wants a new US$237,000-a-week contract if they want him to stay in north London.

By Vincent Lai (

The 24-year-old is ready to decline a US$59 million move to the Nou Camp or the red half of the San Siro only if the Gunners quadruple his current salary.

The wage increase will make the Togo striker the highest earner at the Arsenal.

It is reported that Barcelona and AC Milan are willing to give in to his wage demands if he makes the move to Spain or Italy.

Arsenal supremo Arsene Wenger insists that Adebayor is staying at the Emirates, with the young striker having only signed a two-year extension to his current US$59,000-a-week deal last season.

Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito has claimed that a move to Milan is on the cards for the former AS Monaco and FC Metz striker, saying it was "70-80 percent complete".

But he said Arsenal would not part with Adebayor until a suitable replacement could be bought, with rumours linking the Gunners to Peter Crouch, Roque Santa Cruz and Germany forward Michael Gomez.