Samuel Eto'o: Is This a Joke?

K ShakranSenior Analyst IJuly 16, 2008

Uzbek side Kuruvchi Tashkent claimed that they have reached an agreement with Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o.

Even though Barca laughed off the news, Kuruvchi's official website insists that the Cameroon striker is set to sign a six-year contract.

"The striker will arrive in Tashkent on July 17 and play in the second half of the championship (league) in Uzbekistan," a Kuruvchi statement said.

Moreover, sporting director Bahtier Babayev revealed that the good relationship with the Catalan giants facilitated the transfer.

"Eto'o will arrive in Tashkent on Thursday and he will sign a contract with our club, at least up until the end of 2008," Babayev said.

"The term of the contract will depend on our performance in the AFC Champions League. We will play Saipa in the quarter-finals and Eto'o is our main purchase before the knockout stage of the tournament.

"If we can agree with the player, he will continue to play for our club in the future."


Following the claims of a transfer, Barcelona responded negatively, ruling out the likelihood of the outrageous transfer.

"Nobody at the club knows anything about this. I don't think it's very likely," he said.

However, Kuruvchi reaffirmed that Eto'o will arrive in Tashkent on July 16 or 17 and could be involved in the team's second half of the season.

This move might be one of the worst moves in European History. Eto’o, a 27-year-old who is still in his prime, poses a load of questions on what the Uzbeks slipped in his drink, or rather…his pocket.