City make £25.5m bid for Eto'o

Manchester City are reported to have offered Barcelona £25.5m for striker Samuel Eto'o. Despite claims that the Cameroon striker wants to stay at the Nou Camp, the deal would make him international the highest paid player in football with a £250,000-a-week wage.

City's offer looks set to eclipse even the lucrative deal that recently tempted Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and it may be difficult for Eto'o to resist even. Barca president Joan Laporta spoke about the possible deal.

"Eto'o has a stratospheric offer from City, which would convert him into the best paid player in the world," Laporta said. "It's starting to become clear that he has this monster offer. He wants to stay but an offer like this is very difficult to refuse."

Eto'o scored 36 goals last season for Barca forming a potent attacking trident alongside Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi. Having won an unprecedented treble with the Catalan club last year the 28-year-old may decide that he needs a new challenge and City's offer could be too difficult to turn down.

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