Etihad Stadium set for mother of all strike pairings!
Manchester City in talks to swap Carlos Tevez for Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o
Manchester City and Inter Milan will hold talks over a swap deal involving Carlos Tévez and Samuel Eto’o this weekend.
Both clubs are in Ireland for the Dublin Super Cup pre-season competition which also involves Celtic. Manchester City and Inter will meet on Sunday.
It is understood that the deal being proposed is a straight swap — valuing each player at around £40 million — with City keen to offload Tévez, who wants to leave, after signing Sergio Agüero for £38 million from Atlético Madrid as his replacement. Their wages are thought to be comparable.
Having seemingly lost the services of want-away striker Carlos Tevez, who seems adamant about his desire to leave the club, Roberto Mancini appeared to have a bit of a problem on his hands. However now that Man City have snapped up Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid things don’t seem quite so tragic and if the Etihad Stadium side can complete a deal to bring in Samuel Eto’o to the club then they will have arguably the most feared strike partnership in the Premier League.
Anyone who thinks this would not be a fair swap and that Tevez has a lot more to offer than 30 year old Eto’o may want to re-address such concerns. The Cameroon international is perhaps the best striker of his generation and last term was in fact his most personally successful of his career.
The Inter Milan man notched up a total of 37 goals last season, his best return to date, perhaps most impressively only Leo Messi managed to score more in the Champions League and Eto’o may well now be ready for a new challenge having proven himself in both La Liga and Serie A.
A move to Man City has already been considered by Samuel Eto’o last summer but apparently wage demands curtailed talks but it appears the former Barcelona man is very much back on the agenda.
Mancini also has Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli to call upon and is looking to offload a number of other attackers having successfully sold Jo and Felipe Caicedo to Internacional and Levante respectively. It is likely that Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy will also leave the club this summer.