The staggering amount of money Manchester City still pay striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been revealed.
Adebayor represents an incredibly expensive mistake for wealthy owner Sheikh Mansour and he continues to cost City a fortune every single week.
The Togo forward, who signed from Arsenal for £25 million in 2009, is still cosying up against the plastic walls of the substitutes' bench in a Tottenham tracksuit for a living now.
But it is the money he receives from City for sitting down and trotting out for the odd cameo at a rival club that is really shocking.
Three years after he last kicked a ball for the club, Adebayor is still paid £40,000 a week.
It has been reported that City found a way of not paying the £170,000 Adebayor stood to earn if he simply sat in their reserves, with Spurs also contributing to keep him happy.
The Daily Mail have quoted 'trusted sources' as saying that Adebayor earns £40,000 a week from the Manchester club - a regular fee that is extortionate given the circumstances.
If you remember, Spurs only had to pay a cut-down £5m purchase price for Adebayor, who can't even get in their first team after leaving Eastlands.
The forward, who has not started a Premier League game all season, was reportedly paid-off to leave City before agreeing to receive that money in instalments over two years.
It is understood that the forward will receive around £4m in instalments from City over two years after he refused to accept a pay cut to a paltry £101,000 a week which was initially offered by Tottenham.
His representatives therefore negotiated the pay off from City with Spurs fitting the remaining bill for the out-of-favour forward.
Confused? Well, it would be a breach of Premier League rules for two clubs to be paying the wages of one player so this was the deal that was reached.
It would have taken a lot to anger Mansour after seeing his team thrash Spurs at the weekend, but the reminder that he is still paying Adebayor every week would not have been welcomed.
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