Barcelona plead with Man City to take Eto'o off their hands

Barcelona are desperate for Manchester City to revive their bid for Samuel Eto'o.

Barcelona are desperate for Manchester City to revive their bid for Samuel Eto'o.

The Sunday Mirror says City pulled the plug on the deal late on Friday night after refusing a request from Barca president Joan Laporta to once again extend a deadline for the transfer to be concluded.

The Catalan club, desperate to sell Eto'o to the Blues to help fund their own £35m move for Valencia's David Villa, spent yesterday trying to resume negotiations with City's hierarchy. But chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarek was adamant City were no longer interested in Eto'o.

A City insider said: "The decision to end negotiations with Barca for Eto'o is not a bluff.

"Khaldoon felt negotiations had reached a dead end and it was time to draw a line under the episode and concentrate on other targets.

"Khaldoon is not the kind of man to make U-turns once a statement of intent has been made public.

"He decided Manchester City were not going to get caught in the crossfire of the game between Barcelona and Eto'o."

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