City to grant Eto'o's mega wage demands

MANCHESTER City were last night edging closer to the player they believe will be the stellar domestic signing of the summer - a spectacular deal for Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o that could cost �70million.

MANCHESTER City were last night edging closer to the player they believe will be the stellar domestic signing of the summer - a spectacular deal for Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o that could cost �70million. (Daily Mail)

Quite how the striker will react to the prospect of making his debut away to Blackburn at a compact Ewood Park remains to be seen, but the size of City's staggering purse will surely help overcome any doubts he may have.

City will pay a transfer fee of just under �30m, but will need to match Eto'o's wage demands of �192,000 a week AFTER TAX over the four-year-deal, making him the most expensive arrival in British football.

Having Eto'o on the pay roll will cost in excess of �320,000 a week (�16.6m a year), more than twice as much as leading Barclays Premier League stars such as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.


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Barcelona sources say the deal is almost complete. It represents outstanding business for the Spanish champions as the 28-year-old has only one year left on his contract and he would have been able to leave on a free transfer next summer.

Last night City denied they must lose Robinho to gain Eto'o. Executive chairman Garry Cooke said: “Robinho has always been a highly valued member of our team and that continues to be the case. Reports suggesting he will leave, either on loan or on a permanent deal, are absolutely untrue.”

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City want to pair Eto'o with Robinho to steal Manchester United's thunder after they lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in a world-record move.

City have signed Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, but want to flex their muscles as manager Mark Hughes sets them a target of gatecrashing the Champions League and Eto'o, who scored 36 goals last season, would certainly be a Hollywood-style capture.

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