Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has revealed that he is considering a number of offers including an unlikely one from Uzbek club Kuruvchi.
“I have several good offers from various clubs at present,” Eto’o told a news conference in Tashkent after arriving in the Uzbek capital.
“I’m planning to return to Barcelona and starting from Saturday, I will consider all my options, including the one from Kuruvchi.”
Eto’o has been told he is surplus to requirements at the Spanish club and is free to negotiate his own contract.
Kuruvchi, who lead the Uzbek championship, have made a reported $40 million offer to tempt the 27-year-old from Barcelona.
“We have made a very good offer and are quite serious of getting Samuel to play here,” Kuruvchi coach Mirjalol Kasymov told the club’s official website.
Kuruvchi’s sporting director Bahtier Babayev announced: “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.
“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.
“The defining moment of the transfer was not money, but the friendly mutual relations between the management of our club and Barcelona. The personal friendship between presidents of the clubs has noticeably lowered the transfer fee.”
Eto’o has been Barcelona’s first-choice striker since 2004 but missed a large part of the last two seasons through injury.
A spokesperson from the Spanish club said: “Nobody at the club knows anything about this and I really don’t think it is very likely.”