Emmanuel Adebayor has vowed to 'make history' after completing a £25m move from Arsenal to Manchester City yesterday afternoon. The Togo striker put pen to paper on a five-year deal which will see him earn £150,000 per week.
Adebayor becomes the third striker to join City this summer after Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tevez and Mark Hughes will now be under increased pressure to guide the Premier League's big spenders to a top four finish next season. The 25-year-old was greeted enthusiastically by several hundred Blues fans on his arrival at Eastlands.
"It made me feel really welcome and special and I can't wait to play for City's fans and show them what I can do," Adebayor told reporters. "I was born to play football and that is what I want to do. I have come here to make history for this club and those supporters. It is what the chairman and the manager told me that they want too and I can't wait to get started."
The Togo international had stalled over signing the deal due to fears of how the transfer would be perceived back in his home country, but the former Gunner eventually agreed to join City yesterday after successfully completing a medical.
Mark Hughes spoke about the latest arrival at Eastlands: "Emmanuel has been one of the top forwards in the Premier League since he arrived from France and we are delighted he has agreed to come and join us," Hughes said. "Along with the other signings we have made in the last two windows he will greatly enhance our ability to compete with the top sides."
"His arrival is another clear indication that we are determined to augment the players we have here with the best of international talent. He adds vital balance and power to our attack. He has everything a top forward needs."