Transfer Deadline Day: Adebayor Joins Istanbul Basaksehir, Pato Heads To China


Former Premier League star Emmanuel Adebayor has joined Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir on transfer deadline day for an undisclosed fee.

The 32-year-old Togolese international striker has agreed to an 18-month contract with the second placed Turkish league side, the club announced.

The club posted a picture of the former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur forward undergoing a medical on its official Instagram page.

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Adebayor just recently represented Togo at the African Cup of Nations earlier this month but failed to guide his country into the knockout stages, finishing bottom of Group C.

He had been a free agent since leaving Crystal Palace in the summer of 2006.

Basaksehir club chairman Mustafa Seral spoke on Adebayor’s arrival saying that he would make a ”major contribution”.

“He was one of the players on our transfer shortlist,” said the chairman.

“He returned with a positive report and we then contacted Adebayor. The player is impressed by the club’s project and the president’s vision so it is clear to us that the club and the player will contribute to each other.”

The club chairman, however, failed to disclose the financial details of the contract.

Another former Premier League forward on the move on transfer deadline day is Alexandre Pato.

The former Chelsea striker has completed his move to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian from Villareal for a fee around £15.5 million.

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The 27-year-old is set to earn more than £100,000 a week despite struggling for goals in Spain in this season. He managed just five goals in 22 appearances.

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Other notable possible transfer deadline day deals that could go through before the window is Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho and Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa.

Crystal Palace is in pole position to land Sakho with Liverpool demanding £20m for the defender. A loan deal looks to be more likely at this time.

Leonardo Ulloa, on the other hand, is trying to force a move from Leicester. The Argentinian striker who has fallen out of favor with the Premier League champions is trying to force a to Sunderland who had a £7 million bid rejected.

Meanwhile, long-time Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic could be heading to Zenit St Petersburg on a free transfer after nine years at the club.