Barcelona have submitted today a final offer for Samuel Eto’o, worth around 21million Euros.
The offer means that Real Madrid have 6 days to exercise their right of first refusal on the Cameroon striker, but provided club President Perez approves Eto’o’s move to Barcelona, the transfer that could spark the Spanish transfer market into life.
Yesterday, Mallorca president Mateo Alemany admitted that he was resigned to losing Eto’o, and was therefore not including him in their pre-season work.
For his part, Eto’o again confirmed his desire to play for the ‘Azulgrana’ and ruled out a return to Madrid, especiallly if he was being used as a bargaining tool for Puyol or any other Barca player.
News of the bid confirms that thedifferences between Joan Laporta and his manager Frank Rijkaard over the player’s worth, have been ironed out, meaning that the transfer can be completed by the weekend.
Eto’o’s two goals in the Bernabeu last May helped Mallorca to a 3-2 victory, ultimately saving his side from relegation. However, ironically, the goals also hammered another nail into the coffin of Real’s championship aspirations.