Former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is set to move to Paraguay for the next chapter in his career by joining Asuncion-based Club Olimpia.

It is thought that Olimpia’s intention is to use Adebayor to strengthen a squad they hope will challenge for the 2020 Copa Libertadores.

In making the move to Paraguay, Adebayor will reunite with former Manchester City teammate and national football icon Roque Santa Cruz, who captains the club and has been back home with his boyhood team since 2016 when left Europe for good.

38-year-old Santa Cruz has rediscovered some of his best form with Olimpia, with whom he previously spent nine years prior to joining Bayern Munich at the age of 18, and 2019 was actually the most prolific season of his entire career when he netted 25 goals in all competitions.

Adebyaor, who turns 36 later this month, will hope for some of the same rejuvenation.

Emmanuel Adebayor

The Togolese living legend has been without a club since December when he left Turkish Süper Lig side Kayserispor after only a few months. Previously, he had enjoyed a respectable goal return for nouveau riche side Istanbul Basaksehir for a couple of years.

Adebayor’s last spell in the Premier League saw him spend half a season with Crystal Palace in 2016, which included a place on the bench in that year’s FA Cup final. After leaving Selhurst Park, he spent several months without a club before accepting the offer to head to Turkey.

Olimpia are Paraguay’s most successful club and have won 44 Primera Division titles, including both the Apertura and Clausura in each of the last two years. They are also the only Paraguayan club to date to win the Copa Libertadores, doing so most recently in 2002.

Richart Baez

Olimpia have lifted the trophy on two other occasions in 1979 and 1990, as well finishing as runners-up four times over the years. The last of those came in 2013 when they were beaten by an Atletico Mineiro side spearheaded by a veteran Ronaldinho.

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