By Martin Morris
Abu Dhabi-owned Premiership football club dismiss bid speculation surrounding Barca star.
Manchester City have denied speculation they are preparing a £40 million bid for Barcelona footballing superstar Samuel Eto'o and have indicated they will not be considering one for the 28-year-old.
Eto'o whose contract has a year to run, has shown little inclination to play in the Premiership and continues to maintain he is happy at the Catalan giants.
He will also have realised that any move to Eastlands would mean no Champions League football next season and the possibility of no Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup) football either.
Speculation had been rife that Eto’o was in the frame for a move to Eastlands after it emerged that City officials were in Barcelona to meet club officials. As it turned out the meeting was more of a 'get acquainted' session, rather than a discussion about specific players.
"There has been speculation about players all year," manager Mark Hughes said. "It is something that we accept and has become predictable. The meeting was not about individuals but how both clubs can help each other."
Garry Cook, City's chief executive, set up the meetings with Barcelona President Laporta as he hopes to raise the profile of his club among the more powerful European teams.
"As a club, we are trying to get relationships with clubs who would not previously have passed the time of day with us," added Hughes.
"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."