Eto'o may remain at Barcelona next season

Reported Manchester City target Samuel Eto'o could yet snub a move to the Eastlands outfit and stay with European champions Barcelona, according to the player's agent.

The Catalan club's president, Joan Laporta, revealed over the weekend that the Cameroonian front-man was considering a stratospheric offer - believed to be from City - that would make the striker one of the highest paid player's in the world.

"He has a stratospheric offer from another club that would make him the best paid player in the world," Laporta told radio station iCat FM.

"It's becoming clear that he has an offer that's enormous. I believe he wants to stay and I'd like him to ... but an offer like this is very hard to turn down."

However, Eto'o's agent, Josep Maria Mesalles, has since stated that the forward would rather stay at the Camp Nou next season than move abroad to join Mark Hughes' revolution in Manchester.

"If there is not a 180-degree turnaround then he will stay with Barcelona," he told ONA FM.

According to the Spanish media, the former Real Mallorca man is unsettled by Barca's apparent eagerness to dispense with his services this summer, and is considering seeing out the remainder of his contract to prevent the Catalans receiving a transfer fee for him in 12 months.

The striker appeared destined to leave the club last summer, with Eto'o seemingly not part of new coach Pep Guardiola's plans.

However, the front-man opted to stay and fight for his place, and netted in the Champions League final against Manchester United in May to seal an unprecedented treble for the Spaniards in a season that saw Eto'o bag 28 league goals.

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