Rafael Benitez is ready to launch an £18m bid to bring Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o to Anfield, according to reports in Spain.
The Barcelona striker is the leading score in Spain this season, netting 25 goals from 27 games, but his future has been the subject of speculation after it was revealed that his contract only has one year left on it.
Liverpool could move for the player but may face competition from both Milan clubs who have shown an interest in the striker in the past.
A source close to Eto’o told The Sun: “Benitez likes Samuel a lot. Everything is possible for this summer. It will depend on Barcelona’s results as well if they decide to buy David Villa.
“Eto’o is not a player to sit on the bench.”
Despite impressing in his time at the Nou Camp and landing two La Liga titles as well as a Champions League trophy, Eto’o faces an uncertain future with new coach Pep Guardiola listening to offers for the player last summer.
Considered to be the source of dressing room discontent, Barcelona may now choose to cash in on Eto’o before the striker can leave for free in 2010, although the player has distanced himself from any transfer talk.
When asked about a potential move to Inter this weekend, he replied: “I do not know anything about Inter.
“I just lost an important match (against Togo) and I am not here to talk about my future, because I’m happy at Barcelona.”