Date: 17th June 2008 at 3:28pm
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Following the statement from new Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola that star trio Deco, Ronaldinho and Eto`o are surplus to requirements, it got me thinking; should Fergie go for Eto`o?

Speaking to the world`s press, former-Barcelona player come manager Pep Guardiola said:

“‘All of the players in the first-team squad last season are of a very high level, but with the technical secretary we are forming a squad and Deco, Ronaldinho and Eto’o are not in our minds.’

Now before I go on to talk about whether we COULD sign Eto`o, let me first explain why we SHOULD.

Many believe that the impending loss of 42-goal hitman Cristiano Ronaldo will leave us short of goals, and despite the fact I believe we have the players to get us those goals, Eto`o would certainly provide a more than adequate replacement with a staggering record of 77 goals in just over 100 matches for the Catalan club. Indeed, his record at his previous club Real Mallorca is equally impressive when you consider the calibre of players he would have been playing with, and to have a record of more than 1 goal in every three matches isn`t bad at all.

Eto`o is also used to leading the line, and despite his frame, is relatively strong – thus allowing the creative players (in our case, Nani, Rooney and Tevez) to get involved. I for one believe he would be a great signing and though his price tag will be around the £30 million mark, I think it will be a smart bit of business for a 27-year old that still has alot to give. Lest we forget that Dimitar Berbatov, a long time target of United is also 27, whilst Santa Cruz is 26.

So that`s why we should sign him…but can we really get him in all reality?

Well, if tabloids are to be believed Chelsea are also keen on the Cameroonian – but with Ronaldinho and Deco seemingly setting their hearts on a move to SW6, I can`t see Eto`o following. He is known to have a poor relationship with the buck-toothed Brazilian, and though some of you may point out Cole and Sheringham, I just can`t see this one happening.

Also Spurs are out of the mix after the player politely hinted his sights were set a little higher than White Hart Lane. Well, he has a point, doenst he!

Then there is Real Madrid – linked with almost every player in the world at the moment. However, I`d put my house on this not happening. Moving from Barca to Madrid is a serious taboo, and though it has happened with Saviola and Figo; I just can`t see this happening – it is akin to Gabby Heinze`s proposed move to Liverpool. In addition to this, Eto`o is known to have been subjected to much racial abuse whilst in Spain, and in my opinion is one of his reasons for quitting the Nou Camp, so it would be very surprising for him to stay in Spain.

And then there are the two Milan clubs. AC Milan are known to be interested in the services of Eto`o (along with Adebayor, Berbatov, Mario Gomez, Drogba and just about every other striker in Europe)but the lack of Champions League football – as well as their weakened financial status at the moment may see them pushed out of the race to sign the Cameroon international.

So that just leaves Inter, and in my opinion the only other likely destination for Eto`o. Mourinho is known to be in the market for a striker and with Drogba now keen to stay at Chelsea, he may pursue Eto`o. Like us, they can provide Champions League football and have the money to do it.

So, in my eyes it could be a two-way race between Fergie and Maurine for Samuel Eto`o, and in my opinion he would be a great signing for both. Though the poll to the right suggests not many of you are in favour of Eto`o, let us know…

Would Eto`o be a decent signing?