Eto'o could still make City switch despite Barca U-turn

SAMUEL ETO&rsquo;O&rsquo;s agent admits the striker could yet join Manchester City &ndash; even though he has been offered a new two-year deal with Barcelona.<br /><br />The Champions League winners were resigned to losing the Cameroon international after mega-rich City offered &pound;25.5m for the 28-year-old and wages in the region of &pound;250,000 per week.<br /><br />But the Spanish giants hit back with an offer of an extended two-year contract to keep him at the Camp Nou until 2012.<br /><br />A Barca statement said: &ldquo;We are waiting for an answer on the offer of a two-year extension offered to Samuel Eto&rsquo;o.&rdquo;<br /><br />Advisor Jose Maria Mesalles, however, called a press conference yesterday to clarify the situation and accused Barca of changing their stance on Eto&rsquo;o&rsquo;s future, claiming the club, for the second year running, had initially told the striker he was free to leave the club before then reacting to City&rsquo;s bid with a renewed contract offer.<br /><br />Mesalles said: &ldquo;The player wants to stay and complete the last year of his contract. If Barca don&rsquo;t want him they should say so, so we can pursue the player&rsquo;s future in a professional manner. The club said coach manager Pep Guardiola did not want him. Guardiola has not told the player he is not required. If they have a serious offer from Man City and if they want to continue with this negotiation we could be interested. We haven&rsquo;t spoken to City but if Barca have reached an agreement it shouldn&rsquo;t be that difficult to reach a deal.&rdquo;<br /><br />Eto&rsquo;o netted 35 goals last season, helping the Catalans club to an unprecedented treble of Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles but Mesalles fears City&rsquo;s offer may prove too good to turn down. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know if they really want Samuel to stay of if they just want to make money out of him,&rdquo; he added.