Emmanuel Adebayor’s agent has demanded Arsenal show some commitment to keeping the in-demand striker, or risk losing him.
Adebayor has been linked with move away from the Gunners with both Barcelona and Milan expressing an interest in signing the Togo international.
However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reluctant to allow Adebayor to depart the club he joined from Monaco in 2006, and the club slapped a £35m price tag on the player to deter any interest from potential buyers.
That figure was sufficient to put off Milan, whose vice-president Adriano Galliani admitted on Wednesday that it was ‘impossible’ for the Serie A side to meet Arsenal’s valuation of the player.
“They want around £35m and that is an impossible request,” said Galliani.
Barcelona, though, may be another matter and the Spanish club are expected to maintain an interest in Adebayor, despite seeing their initial offer of £24m rejected by Arsenal.
Adebayor’s agent, though, feels it is important that Arsenal indicate their desire to hold on to the 24-year-old, who Stephane Courbis claims has not demanded an increase in wages at the Emirates Stadium.
“It is vital that Arsenal show their motivation to keep him,” agent Courbis told the Daily Star.
“There has been a love story between Adebayor and Arsenal and his relationship with Arsene Wenger is based on trust and respect.
Courbis, has insisted his client is “not greedy” but the striker is seeking an improvement on his current £35,000-a-week deal, with Arsenal having expressed a willingness to pay him nearer £45,000-a-week.
“If this was a money problem, then he would have asked to leave. He is a man of heart, not of money. He is not greedy.”