Many new arrivals at Everton this summer can claim wedges of credit for the Toffees’ rise to the cusp of Champions League qualification, but Romelu Lukaku and Roberto Martinez are entitled to the prime cuts.
Their on-loan Belgian battering ram has plundered 13 goals this season at the spearhead of the Merseysiders’ attack and his impressive form has alerted several of Europe’s heaviest hitters, all of whom flex superior financial muscle than the Bill Kenwright-backed blues, to his potential availability.
Chelsea feel it’s acceptable to demand £24m for a player they allegedly consider unfit to lead their line and Everton – 3/4 to win at Sunderland next time out – can’t afford such a sum, even if they finish in the top four.
Martinez will have to wave his magic managerial wand once again this summer to find a physical frontman with the technical prowess to both score and create goals and Tottenham target man Emmanuel Adebayor could provide the solution to his quandary.
Revitalised under Tim Sherwood, the Togolese titan took his seasonal league tally to ten with a brace in Spurs’ 5-1 destruction job on Sunderland last time out.
Yet the man accountable for his resurgence is set to be relieved of his responsibilities at the White Hart Lane helm, which is likely to perturb the tumultuous Adebayor.
Spurs’ moneymen will be looking at means of increasing their new manager’s transfer budget for the coming campaign, with the Gareth Bale sale funds long-since frittered away.
The former Manchester City man may be one they look to expunge from their accounting records, with the huge wad he pockets in wages meaning a sizeable transfer fee is unlikely to be demanded.
Adebayor may also find Goodison Park the ideal home he’s been seeking since departing Arsenal in search of more lucrative pastures in 2009.
He’s tried City and Real Madrid, as well as Spurs, since then and struggled to reciprocate the heady standards he set as the focal point of the Gunners’ 2007/08 attack where he scored a career-best 24 league goals.
The Toffees play with a style not altogether unlike the one that allowed the one-time African Footballer of the Year to flourish, playing with a lone striker surrounded by creative advanced midfielders, a recipe made to serve up chances for the solo goal-getter.