Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering a shock loan move for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand Mourinho is seriously considering replacing club legend Didier Drogba with Adebayor this summer should the Ivory Coast international leave Stamford Bridge.
Drogba could announce his retirement at the end of the season when his one-year contract with the Blues expires - and Mourinho clearly feels the much-maligned Adebayor would have something similar to offer Chelsea.
Adebayor did a job for Mourinho at Real Madrid
Mourinho signed Adebayor on loan in 2011 while managing Real Madrid - and the move was a surprise success, with the Togo international scoring a reasonably impressive eight goals in 22 appearances at the Bernabeu, helping Los Blancos win the Copa del Rey in the process.
Adebayor replaced Mesut Ozil in the second half of the 2011 Copa del Rey final, against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, and was on the pitch when Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal in extra time.
Adebayor struggling this season
Adebayor has failed to convince his current manager at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino, and has been limited to a handful of appearances at White Hart Lane this term as a result.
The extraordinary form of his teammate Harry Kane, who scored on his England debut against Lithuania this evening, is another reason why Adebayor has spent much of the season either on the bench or out of the squad altogether.
Drogba replacement needed
The opportunity to reunite with Mourinho while staying in London is likely to appeal to Adebayor, although Chelsea will make it clear to the African striker that he would not be the club’s first-choice centre-forward.
Instead, he and Loic Remy would provide some much-needed back-up for star man Diego Costa, who has scored 18 goals in 22 Premier League matches this term.
Signing the 31-year-old Adebayor would be a major risk, but Mourinho may feel he knows how to motivate this talented but unpredictable striker.
Adebayor loves Mourinho
In an interview with former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba last year, Adebayor revealed that Mourinho was the best manager he has ever worked under.
“Even though it was the shortest one, only six months, he was the one that, even in training, I always did my best, I always ran around, I always did what I had to do,” Adebayor was quoted as saying by the Express. “Because he knows how to treat players, he knows how to talk to them. He knows how to have, like, 'communication' with his players. So for me, that is what you need.
“At the end of the day, even though you are my boss, I am a human being. I have got a child as well. I have got people working for me in Africa so you have to know how to talk to people. That is why I think he is very good.”
But despite the mutual respect between Mourinho and Adebayor, few Chelsea fans would be sporting smiles if this move is confirmed in a few months time.
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