Man City's Arsenal ties to clinch Adebayor agreement

Manchester City are confident of closing a deal for Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Manchester City are confident of closing a deal for Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Mirror says City executive chairman Garry Cook, due to fly to Abu Dhabi tomorrow before joining the club's pre-season tour in South Africa, has a good relationship with Arsenal from his days at Nike.

That also goes for Cook's right-hand man Brian Marwood, a former Arsenal winger and Nike executive, who is being put in direct charge of brokering the deal for Adebayor which leaves City confident they can pull it off.

Arsenal would prefer to sell Adebayor abroad but, with little or no interest from AC and Inter Milan, they are now ready to do a deal with City. Adebayor has become unpopular with Arsenal fans after publicly admitting last summer he wanted to leave when AC Milan and Barcelona were keen on signing him.

He was jeered at the start of the season after signing a new deal to stay but is regarded as a big-head in the Arsenal dressing room and is not universally popular among his teammates.