Manchester City open talks with Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o

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More transfer news are out and it has been reported that Manchester City have taken a big step forward in their bid to land Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o.

Local newspapers have reported that Samuel Eto’o has begun negotiations with Manchester City in earnest, representing a significant step for Mark Hughes, who has already secured the services of former Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz and Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry.

It is also reported that FC Barcelona have long been desperate to offload Eto’o, whose contract expires next summer and who is likely to be absent throughout January to play for Cameroon in the Cup of African Nations.

Eto’o has two brothers, David Eto’o, who plays for Reus Deportiu in the Tercera División and Etienne Eto’o, who plays for Mallorca. Eto’o married longtime sweetheart Georgette Eto’o on 6 July 2007. They have three children, Etienne, Maelle, and Siena, who live along with Georgette in Paris.

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