City in pole position to sign hitman Eto'o after Guardiola fall-out at Barca

18 February 2009 08:05
Target man: Barcelona are bracing themselves for a £20m summer bid for Eto'o from Manchester City

Barcelona are bracing themselves for a £20million summer bid from Manchester City

for Samuel Eto'o after the striker indicated this will be his last season at the Nou Camp.


, Chelsea

and Arsenal

are also all keen on La Liga's top scorer, who has snubbed Barca's offer to begin contract talks. In the summer, he will have just one year left to run on his current deal.

Eto'o, 28 next month, is believed still to harbour a grudge against coach Pep Guardiola, who said the striker could be sold last summer but no clubs could match Barca's valuation. Eto'o has since worked hard to get back into favour and tops the charts with 23 goals.

His feelings became clear when he refused to be photographed for a magazine interview wearing a Barcelona shirt, saying he did not want to be 'one of those players that kisses the badge then leaves'.

Barca would prefer to sell to the highest bidder which would put City in pole position, but Eto'o has always been a fan of Arsenal's style and Liverpool


City, meanwhile, are also tracking Santos teenager Neymar, as are Manchester United

and Real Madrid.

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Source: Daily_Mail