Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has not given up hope of tempting Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o to Eastlands.
There remains some doubt about Eto'o's intentions after his agent claimed on Tuesday that Barcelona had offered the striker a new contract.
At the weekend, reports suggested City had offered Barca £25million for Eto'o and were willing to pay him a staggering £250,000-a-week wage.
Hughes confirmed: "We've made an offer but there appears to be a situation between the player and his club that we cannot be part of.
"We just have to sit back and see what develops. Patience is a word that has been mentioned and we may need some of it."
Eto'o's agent, Josep Maria Mesalles, had earlier said on Radio Marca: "No one at the club can doubt Eto'o's love and devotion to Barca.
"But someone is trying to force him out through the back door, and this is something habitual at the club.
"The offer from City is fake. Barca should be more respectful to my client and they shouldn't interfere with any possible offers that might arrive."
Meanwhile, Hughes also retains an interest in snapping up Carlos Tevez, adding: "I'm a huge admirer of Carlos. Everyone's aware of his situation and we're interested, as we are in all top-quality players.
"We'll have to see what happens but these are very early days."