Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is under no illusions that a lucrative deal will be needed to keep Emmanuel Adebayor at the club next season.
The Togolese international striker is currently plying his trade at White Hart Lane on loan from Manchester City, with the 27-year-old set to return to the Etihad Stadium at the end of the campaign.
Redknapp has admitted he's keen to keep the former Arsenal striker in north London at the end of his current spell, but knows there will be plenty of big offers on the table for Spurs to try and match financially.
"We like him. He has done well for us, worked hard, not been a minute’s problem," Redknapp told The Times in reference to the nine-goal striker so far this term.
"I’d be talking rubbish if I said people wanted to stay at Tottenham just because we’re playing good football.
"If you want to keep the best players, we have to find a way of doing a deal that is near to what they can earn elsewhere, otherwise it will be a problem."
The former Portsmouth boss has made no secret of the fact that Tottenham's wage structure could have an impact on the calibre of player he's able to attract in transfer windows, with playing good football not a good enough reason alone to entice someone to the club.
It's a fact of life in modern football that Redknapp has no problem admitting, and believes it's almost impossible for a player like Samir Nasri to turn down the riches on offer with a move to City.
"He probably thought he was going to be playing regularly," said Redknapp in reference to the Frenchman.
“All of a sudden he has found himself not in the team. But it is difficult when you are at a club and enjoy being where you are, but somebody comes in and makes you a fantastic offer. You are kidding yourself if you think that they are not going to have their heads turned.
"I’m sure Samir Nasri enjoyed playing at Arsenal and the crowd loved him, but Man City came along and wanted to give him £200,000 a week. What can you do?"
Speaking of City, Redknapp acknowledged that the absent Toure brothers, as well as Vincent Kompany's suspension, will have an impact on the side.
But, given the strength-in-depth of their current squad, the 64-year-old is expecting a typically tough challenge against Roberto Mancini's men.
"The Toures and Kompany are big losses for them. If you take two or three top players out of any team then you are not going to be the same level," concluded Redknapp.
"They are still a force, but if you take them out of your team, all fantastic players, [they are] no different to any other team."News Now - Sport News