Ade closes on Real return

Striker inches closer to City exit

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 14/07/11 9:28am

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Sky Bet understands Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is closing in on a return to Real Madrid on a permanent basis.

Adebayor, who ended last season on loan at Real, has been deemed surplus to requirements at City and was not included in the squad for their pre-season tour of America.

The former Arsenal man was unhappy at being overlooked for the tour and being forced to train with the club's reserves, but it appears he is edging ever closer to a move away from City.

A number of clubs have been linked with Adebayor, but the 27-year-old rejected all overtures as he was holding out for a switch to Real.

Earlier this summer it was suggested Real would not look to make Adebayor's move permanent, but it seems they have rekindled their interest in the giant forward.

Real have now made their move for the Togo international with Jose Mourinho recently revealing he was looking to add a striker to his squad.

Adebayor scored five goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for Real last season and his proposed switch to El Santiago Bernabeu could end Real's interest in Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.

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