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The Cameroon international striker could swap the Nou Camp for Eastlands in a deal worth €35.2 million...

Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o is nearing a transfer to Premier League money men Manchester City, according to a report in the British tabloid The Daily Mail.

Apparently, sources from within the Nou Camp have stated that the deal is close to completion.

It had been suggested that Robinho could move in the opposite direction as part of the transaction, however, the Citizens have firmly denied that the Brazil international will leave Eastlands this summer.

The fee City are expected to pay to land the 80-time capped Cameroon international, who has scored 37 goals for the Indomitable Lions, is €35.2 million (£30m).

The 28-year-old's current contract with La Blaugrana is set to expire next summer, and although Barca were willing to extend his stay, it seems they were not prepared to give in to his wage demands.

"We would like to renew his contract but not at any price," Barcelona president Joan Laporta is quoted as saying.

It is claimed that City will have to pay Eto'o €225,000-a-week (£192,000) in wages after tax, which means they will be laying-out approximately €376,500-a-week (£320,000), totalling almost €19.5m (£16.6m) a year.

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com

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