Manchester City are rumoured to be lining up a sensational swoop for Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon – and are willing to let former Arsenal forward Emmanuel Adebayor move in the opposite direction as part of a cash plus player deal.
The Daily Mirror report that Roberto Mancini is keen on bringing Lennon to Eastlands in order to boost his attacking options ahead of a crucial season for the club as they go in search of winning their first league title since 1968, while the Blues will also compete in the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted he was keen on bringing Adebayor to White Hart Lane last month in a cash-only deal as he goes about bolstering his attacking line up that struggled to find the back of the net in the closing games of last season.
A deal for Roma’s Mario Vucinic looked to be on the cards before the Serbian international opted to join Juventus, while Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi, Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente have all been linked with a move to White Hart Lane without any progress being made with either deal.
Having been frustrated in his pursuit of a striker so far, the former Portsmouth boss may be tempted to sacrifice Lennon in order to solve his striker crisis.
Adebayor had been keen on returning to Real Madrid permanently having spent much of last season on loan with Jose Mourinho’s side, although that is looking increasingly unlikely as the Spanish club have distanced themselves from a move.
The deal could hinge on whether City can persuade Arsenal playmaker Samir Nasri to leave Arsenal and move to the North West this summer, with City boss Roberto Mancini keen add the Frenchman to his squad, with a move for Lennon likely to gather pace should the Nasri deal fall through.