Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday June 29 2009
Barçelona President Joan Laporta has blown City's cover over The Blues' move for Samuel Eto'o. Dracula Berlusconi did likewise over Kakagate. So which way will this one go?
It's been a fascinating 24 hours or so following the developments surrounding what we now know to be City's bid of around £25 million for the mercurial Eto'o's services. And in surreal terms that's £5 million less than the rags paid to Lids for Rio Ferdinand so it would represent something of a bargain!
Still, all we can deal in are facts right now.
First, Laporta revealed that Eto'o has a serious offer on the table from City, albeit not in the same martyrdom seeking snidey way that Berlusconi did over AC Milan devotee Kaka.
Second, according to the Spanish media and Parisian airport contacts the player himself returned to Europe from a tribute game in the Reunion Islands to spend a few days in Paris with his wife whilst awaiting developments.
Finally, Eto'o's agent has now announced a press conference tomorrow to clarify the players position.
In amongst all this the media are shifting into an overdrive of speculation as they attempt to guess and then second guess the figures involved. We've even seen the BBC announce City's bid had been accepted by the Catalan giants this morning only for them to rapidly change that story into a bid has been lodged confirmation.
To date, City have maintained a dignified silence over the move for Eto'o, but we can expect to hear some sort of statement within the next 48 hours.
In the meantime, the club continue to make good of their commitment to complete the bulk of the squad rebuilding by the time pre season training starts. We can be sure that this week will bring us yet more twists and turns.
Vital MC will continue to monitor the border crossings, airport terminals and National Express depots in order to keep you informed of the very latest developments.
Our maine man Tudor is at Eastlands today viewing City's new official website and will be knocking on a few doors, so stay tuned!
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Date:Monday June 29 2009
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