An old school pal of mine was in town this week. He had, coincidently, just returned from a business trip to Barcelona. And the question was asked of his football fanatic hosts. How about Eto'o? And the reaction was universally negative. Surprisingly so. They loved the idea of City, or anyone else, taking him off their hands and generating enough funds to bring in another striker. Interesting reaction.
The same websites and newspapers that were all talking about Eto'o arriving on Monday are all following up with the idea that the Cameroon international will stay at Barcelona. Essentially 48 hours of everybody getting worked up for nothing. Apparently it sells newspapers.
And let us not forget that the African Nations Cup is in January and Cameroon have already qualified which will mean the loss of Eto'o for weeks. It's the same reason why I keep expecting Adebayor to leave Arsenal. As long as the tournament is scheduled during the domestic season I'd personally not sign a single player that was potentially eligible to be involved.
Early thoughts on Eto'o
Elsewhere... no surprise that Germany beat England in the U21 final. England's fate was sealed when they failed to knock out Germany in the group stage.
Chelsea are said to be signing Yuri Zhirkov from CSKA Moscow. The Russian international can play both left midfield and left full-back and I find the possible signing perplexing. Ashley Cole and Joe Cole, 28 and 27 respectively, are in the prime of their career. You don't pay Â£18m for someone to sit on the bench.
Would someone like Joe Cole be available? He was sensational under Mourinho in the same 4-3-3 formation that appears to be on the cards for City this year. As previously discussed City have an embarrassment of riches in the midfield, but Joe Cole is one of my personal favourites. Would be interesting to see if Mark Hughes rates him.
Chelsea are also setting themselves up to have their fine from UEFA increased by appealing against the punishment they received after the Barcelona Champions League semi-final debacle.