The Cameroonian striker’s future looks to become another soap opera amid a latest “stratospheric offer” of €30m from Manchester City and the lure of a fat paycheck.
Reportedly he wants to stay but is unhappy at being pushed out of the Nou Camp and is demanding a €10m paycheck from Manchester City should he join them, plus €15m allegedly as “transfer bonus” from the Catalan club.
President Joan Laporta stated his and Pep Guardiola’s desire for Eto’o to stay, but Barcelona, according to reports, have not offered him a new contract, yet.
Laporta would be tempted to sell the player to make some money while only a year on his contract is left. Barcelona can then use the money to buy another striker.
Another destination, according to rumors, had been Inter Milan which might look for a deal if Ibrahimovic leaves for Barcelona.
Manchester City failed to qualify for Europa League place and do not look like qualifying for the Champions League anytime soon with the dominance of the so-called “Big Four” in the PL. This has been an obstacle to bringing in top talent because big players want to compete for and win trophies, especially the Champions League.
Last year Manchester City purchased Robinho for a record sum but the deal was reached because the player was not happy at Real Madrid and wanted to leave. Manchester City will have to learn that success and a place in European competitions attracts talent and it will have to work steadily upward with mid-level talent instead of getting megastars to buy success.
This will just not happen.
Arab Sheikhs are deluding themselves.