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Serie A-bound Adebayor to open Spurs’ door for Chelsea striker?

| 09.05.2014

As events on the pitch draw towards a conclusion, the rumour mill is just getting started as many clubs look to get their business done pre-World Cup and one such prospective move could have a domino effect.

Although Emmanuel Adebayor has flourished under Tim Sherwood this season after his initial spell in the Tottenham wilderness under Andre Villas-Boas, the Togolese striker has never been far away from speculation over his future.

Spurs’ leading scorer with 13 in all competitions, is reportedly being targeted by Serie A giants AC Milan.

The Rosseneri are in desperate need of reinforcements this summer as they look set to miss out on the Champions League places by a margin of around 20 points, while champions Juventus could finish nearly 50 points ahead of the seven-time European Cup winners.

At 30, Adebayor is no spring chicken, but he still has plenty to offer, especially in a league where the pace is pretty pedestrian compared to that of the frenetic Premier League.

Meanwhile, the former Arsenal man’s exit could pave the way for Tottenham to pursue other line-leaders, with farmed out Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku a name often linked.

Despite enjoying another prolific campaign it’s widely believed Chelsea are willing to loan him out again or sell him on permanently in the summer.

If, as their price of 1/33 suggests, Spurs make it into the Europa League via a top-six finish then the Belgian will at least have the promise of European football at White Hart Lane next season.

Having excelled on loan from Chelsea yet again, this time at Everton where he’s notched 14 Premier League goals ahead of the final round of fixtures, Lukaku is sure to be in demand again.

And given his international teammate Christian Benteke has been ruled out of the World Cup through injury, Spurs ought to act quickly in case 20-year-old Lukaku’s stock shoots through the roof after starring for Belgium in Brazil.

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Christian Crowther

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