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Should We Go For Eto`o?

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?

The Journalist

Writer: United4Life  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 17 2008

Time: 3:27PM

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Yeah, I'd be quite excited if we actually got Et'o. In all honesty, though, I don't think its all that likely (though the Champions League win might swing it...). Anyway, yes, if we can get him, but if we can't, I think we'd be better searching closer to home with players (such as Berbatov and Santa Cruz) who we know can play in the Prem.
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17/06/2008 16:35:00

I don't think Eto'o can make the cut! He gives me the impression that he is lazy and reminds me of Anelka-sulky! I think we can find many more strikers who can fit the standard if we have the money to be able to bring Eto'o to OT. One thing is certain though, his going to be a big risk if we buy him.
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17/06/2008 17:02:00

I'd take him in a heartbeat.
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17/06/2008 18:35:00

Eto'o would be FANTASTIC! Let's defnitely go for him. He'd be much better than Santa Cruz or Berbatov in my opinion. Santa had a great first season but a lot of strikers go to big clubs and struggle because the pressure is immense. Look at Anelka. We should definitely be looking at a deal for Eto'o!
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17/06/2008 19:35:00

id go for him in a heartbeat. how we aint being linked with him i dont know.
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17/06/2008 20:20:00

go 4 him thats what i say
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18/06/2008 14:40:00

IF we did get him there would be a big problem in 2010 and that would be losing manucho and eto for ACN. I know this is along time away and we could buy again next summer and manucho might not cut the grade at united and be replaced but its just a thought because we seem to be building a sqaud for the future.
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18/06/2008 16:08:00

S'alright, i'll step in. Red hot me.
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18/06/2008 16:28:00

Eto'o is well past his best before date. He's not looked much good at Barca for a couple of seasons.
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19/06/2008 20:29:00

come on chaps - is Ronaldo really going to leave you lot? Have to say he's mad if he does!
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20/06/2008 19:31:00

money talks merlin
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24/06/2008 13:09:00

'money talks' but it don't sing and dance and it don't walk. (If you aren't at least 35 you'll have no idea what I'm banging on about, ask your parents!)
The Fear
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24/06/2008 17:39:00

"'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.' thast too much ingratitude
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26/07/2008 16:52:00


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