Manchester City bid for Eto'o
'Stratospheric offer' on the table for the Barcelona striker.
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2009 01:10 GMT

Will money talk for Eto'o? [GALLO/GETTY]
Manchester City have made a 'stratospheric offer' to Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, that could make him the highest paid player in the world, according to the Spanish club's president Joan Laporta and media reports.

According to Britain's Guardian newspaper, the English Premier League club have made a $42.2 million formal offer to Eto'o, which would see the striker earn around $298,000 a week.

Asked in a radio interview about interest from Manchester City, Laporta said the Cameroon striker would find it hard to refuse an offer he also described as "enormous".

Big money

"He has a stratospheric offer from another club that would make him the best paid player in the world," Laporta told Spanish radio station iCat FM.

Laporta added: "It's becoming clear that he has an offer that's enormous. I believe he wants to stay and I'd like him to ... but an offer like this is very hard to turn down."

Barcelona are negotiating with Eto'o over a possible extension to his contract, which runs out next year.

Manchester City, owned by Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, have already spent big money to sign Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz for next season.

Barcelona are interested in Valencia forward David Villa while Laporta said a deal for the 20-year-old Keirrison of Palmeiras was close to being agreed.

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