Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that Manchester City have made a “stratospheric offer” to striker Samuel Eto’o.
The 28-year-old Cameroon international has just one-year left on his contract with the European champions and is expected to leave Camp Nou.
City have been linked with a number of players this summer, and they recently signed Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn.
However, manager Mark Hughes, who has also keen to sign Argentian striker Carlos Tevez, is determined as ever to add Eto’o to his squad.
Laporta claims City’s offer would make Eto’o the highest paid player in world football, a deal which may even eclipse the six-year deal Cristiano Ronaldo recently signed with Real Madrid.
Eto’o will earn a weekly salary in the region of £180,000 if he can be persuaded to quit Spain and move to Eastlands. Barcelona would receive £25.5million for a player entering the final year of his contract.
“Eto’o has a stratospheric offer from City, which would convert him into the best paid player in the world,” he told Catalan radio station iCat FM.
“It’s starting to become clear that he has this monster offer. He wants to stay but an offer like this is very difficult to refuse.
“If Eto’o accepts this stratospheric offer we will have to bring in someone.”