City have admitted that talks have been held with Barcelona, but insist that the meeting was not about Eto'o or any other player. City claim that the meeting was set up to start building a relationship with Barca and say that they will try to do this with all the elite clubs.
"There has been speculation about players all year.''
"It is something that we accept and has become predictable.''
"The meeting was not about individuals but how both clubs can help each other.''
"As a club, we are trying to get relationships with clubs who would not previously have passed the time of day with us.''
"Now, because of Sheikh Mansour, they want to have a relationship and talk about plans that would benefit both clubs.''
"We are aiming to have this kind of relationship with all top clubs in Europe."It is more than believable that we would want to strike up partnerships with all the big clubs and I am sure it is something we will look to do, but I am still not convinced that this meeting was solely about building a relationship.
If it is true that it was Joan Laporta that came to meet Garry Cook to talk about something like 'building a relationship' then I would be surprised. Laporta is Barcelona's president and from a documentary I watched about the running of Barca a few years ago I know he is the main man there. I am not convinced that he would come to England the day before his club play in the Champions league to talk about something that could be considered unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
As well as being the driving force behind Barca Laporta has his own law firm to run, a family to look after and then on top of that he has things like death threats to worry about, something that he regularly receives from Barca hooligans that he stopped from going to the Nou Camp. So when I take all that into account I am convinced that he was here to talk about much bigger business.
I am hoping that the meeting was to talk about the transfer of Eto'o, he is one of the best strikers in the world and would surely be a great addition to our squad.
What do you think would Eto'o be a good signing?