World record wages entice Eto'o to City

MANCHESTER CITY are on the brink of signing striker Samuel Eto&rsquo;o in a blockbusting &pound;25m deal after Barcelona admitted being unable to compete with the Premier League club&rsquo;s gargantuan spending power.<br /><br />City are willing to make Eto&rsquo;o, 28, the highest paid player on the planet in order to pull off the grandest in a series of transfer coups. The Cameroon international reportedly stands to earn &pound;180,000 a week after tax if he agrees to move to the ambitious Eastlands outfit.<br /><br />And European champions Barcelona, themselves ranked the third richest club in the world with an estimated annual revenue of more than &pound;250m, have conceded they cannot match City&rsquo;s financial muscle. <br /><br />&ldquo;Eto&rsquo;o has a stratospheric offer from City, which would convert him into the best paid player in the world,&rdquo; said Barca president Joan Laporta. &ldquo;It&rsquo;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&rsquo;o accepts this stratospheric offer we will have to bring in someone.&rdquo;<br /><br />Barcelona are prepared to offload Eto&rsquo;o, who has just one year left on this contract, now rather than lose him for nothing in 12 months&rsquo; time.<br /><br />The former African Player of the Year, who scored in last month&rsquo;s Champions League final victory over Manchester United, is set to earn more than Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. <br /><br />Eto&rsquo;o is set to travel to Manchester for further talks this week, when City are expected to complete the &pound;25.5m signing of Argentina striker Carlos Tevez from United.