Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Last-minute renewal offer for Eto'o

Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that Barcelona has made Samuel Eto'o late last-night a renewal offer.

Little past 9 pm last night, Mesalles would have received the offer by sms.

The offer includes that his contract, that expires next summer, would be extended for two more years, until 2012, and that he keeps on being paid the same salary. The offer comes few hours before an announced press conference by Josep Maria Mesalles, the agent of Eto'o (read more here).

Mesalles would have invited Barcelanon sports director Txiki Begiristain and Barcelona director of football Raúl Sanllehí to take part in the press conference. If they are serious about renewing Eto'o, which is what the player also wants, the agent thinks it would be best both parties announce it together.

The paper claims that Mesalles will explain the position of the player. Eto'o wouldn't have liked the statement made by Barcelona president Joan Laporta about the out-of-this-world offer he has received from Mancehster City. Whatever decision Eto'o would now make, he would always come out as the bad guy only interested in money: or he accepts the bid of a club that's not competing for the prizes or he stays and leaves for free next year if a renewal deal cannot be closed. Eto'o would not be interested in joining Manchester City and plans to attend Barcelona's first training session on 20 July.

Mesalles would also ask the club to clarify their position. Despite Barcelona president Joan Laporta having repeated his wish that the Eto'o would continue, Barcelona would have been offering him to other clubs. Barcelona officials would have told the agent at the beginning of June that Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola didn't count on Eto'o anymore and that he better could look for a club. Guardiola would nevertheless not have told this face-to-face to Eto’o and would have said goodbye to him at the end of last season saying that he hoped to see him back on 20 July.

66 comments:

trez said...

Panic behaviour by the club...

Anonymous said...

Offering the same salary is like a slap in his face after his best season ever, certainly after all other guys have got a serious rise.

fcbee said...

What would we do without Samu this transfer summer? He at least brings some energy into the debate... ;)

refter said...

So this would be the first renewal offer they make?

The renewals are such a mess, always. Or they pay too much, or they're too late and then this happens. They should work out some strategy and decide what they do like two years before the end of the contracts.

skanjos said...

no raise for samu eh,this is an excuse offer in order to blame the player for not accepting it.i mean who would....everyone got a raise samu deserves one 2

jazzy said...

wow... if he does renew. we will be in the same position again next year. 2 years contract. im worried..

Anonymous said...

jazzy don't worry after two years we wouldn't be so willing to renew to him.

ricky said...

the offer is sensible.eto'o earns 7.5 m euro per year which is more than xavi,iniesta or henry's salary.only messi earns more than him 8.4 m euro/yr.eto'o is already 28.can't see him playing more than 3 years in top level.you guys are blind supporter of eto'o.you should fc eto'o not barca

Anonymous said...

but if he stayed with no renewals we will be in a hard situation next year. I say buy Villa this year with the 35 m we have plus players then let's see what Eto'o is going to do about it.

groga said...

How do you know the wages, ricky? I read everywhere that Xavi, Henry and Eto'o all earn the same.

If everybody gets a rise, whu wouldn't Eto'o get one after being decisive in the treble?

Anonymous said...

ricky I totally agree with you. and watch eto'o with his 25% scoring rate with any other teams that create 3 4 chances per month.
he will lose more than the extra money wherever he goes.

bob said...

i agree with ricky.there are some blind supporters of eto'o in our club who holds him more than the club in their heart.noone is bigger than club.neither ronaldinho was nor messi will be ever.besides those who worship eto'o should remember what eto'o comment.he said barca is just like his working place where he earns money by his work.he is not even a supporter of barca,he supports mallorca.so if you gonna support fc eto'o just go support mallorca.we dont need fans like you in our club

Anonymous said...

no one got a rise except Yaya and V.Valdes who both earn half as Eto'o and now they are earning about 2 m less and are certainly less replaceable than Eto'o.

groga said...

Someone is quoting under different nicks, I guess.

Don't repeat "fc eto'o" the whole time, cause that way we identify you...

groga said...

Xavi DOUBLED his salary seven points ago and that was even before the treble. offering him the same is a disgrace.

But at least now there's an offer and they can start negotiating. Let's wait what Eto'o's agent has to say later today...

ricky said...

@gorga

i am from spain dude.so we know who the spanish player earns how much in the club,ask pep xavi or iniesta's salary you will get your answer.ask pep he will answer you henry aand eto'o gets second highest salary in the wage structure of fc barcelona

groga said...

seven "months" ago

trez said...

Because you're from spain doesn't change anything. We also get the news from the spanish papers... And everybody says different things, anyway. Don't believe the media.

skanjos said...

its a fact that the board said last year to eto that he would be offered a renewal as good as his performance this year,the team won the tremble,eto had his best year in the squad,he scored the most goals in the squad(i think i dont remember messi's but he was definetly more than henry).

so what happens this summer they backstab him again,an offer of the same wage comes late as an excuse to todays press conferance.acording to rumors he already have a 9mil/year proposal from city without bonus clauses.also i dont know what are the laws for tax in england but i also know that ronaldinho had to leave to also avoid taxes sth that will happen to eto the following years i assume,

also most likely messi will be offered a new contract with higher wage so i think eto will sign a 8,5-9mil contract with team,heck kluivert and saviola earned more(i know people will say thats why we are now in such position)but guess what we are tremble champions we have higher earnings now ,from sponsors,from tickets,from advertisments ,from everything .dont you think eto deserves more?

heck i dont think eto signed a new contract after 2006 either,he won 2 cl with the same contract?i dont remember a renewal for eto if someone remembers say it.even then eto deserves more now,its also his last big contract.and i will say it again it will be 20-30 million cheaper even if eto is given a 9million deal over villa and he is younger and better than villa.......

sergio said...

groga

there is a term like wage structure.you just can't break it,.barca already pays 100+ m euro for the salary of footballers.last year we earned around 290 m euro and lion share of the money was used in paying the footballers.we have other projects like developing youth players,basketball,handball.we also pay unicef.if we start increasing everyone's salary barca will be bankrupt.

groga said...

The wage structure was already broken by Victor Valdes.

I agree we're paying to much salaries but everyone should scale down then, you cannot give everyone a rise ans ask Eto'o to accept the same because he would break it.

jack said...

eto'o is dividing our fans.now a days fans are divided into 2 camps.eto'o supporters and eto'o haters.for the sake of the club eto'o should quit.and those who use the terms fc eto'o don't misinterpret things.noone holds eto'o above the club.may be they love him but no one is bigger than club.prove????ronaldinho is a burning example

fcbee said...

I think it's the board who is dividing the fans rather than Eto'o...

Anonymous said...

groga, how did Valdes break the wage structure, you don't even know how much he makes.

reports say he makes anywhere from 4-5 + 2 incentives. xavi/iniesta made 5m before, xavi got a raise to 5.5 + 2 = 7.5. messi got a raise last year to 8.4. henry makes 7.5. eto'o has made 7.5 for the last 3 years. iniesta is about to get a raise from 5, but it won't be more than 7.5. messi is on tier 1, henry/eto'o are on tier 2, xavi joined them with his contract renewal, iniesta is likely to join them. eto'o doesn't deserve to be the highest paid player.

this whole business of 'eto'o deserves a raise' is dumb. him getting a raise would break the wage structure. you have been commenting a lot against the club but you don't know what you're talking about.

bob said...

funny thing is someone supports catalan club.but they don't want catalan players to earn more,if a catalan player renew for the club they start crying yet they want players like eto'o earn above xavi,iniesta or valdes..messi earns more than because of his commercial value.he brings ads in the club.he is paid more but he also beings money.frankly speaking eto'o doesn't have any commercial value

johny said...

eto'o should leave.now i understand why pep doesn't like this guy.once i used to support this guy.but now i feel he should go

groga said...

I think Eto'o has more commercial value than a guy like Xavi actually. In fact, world-wide there's no comparison possible...

And don't give me those numbesr, Anony. If you don't have seen the contracts, you're just guessing.

pep said...

Keep this decent, guys. And avoid commenting under different nicks. Show repect for the club and the players.

ricky said...

gorga

i have the feelings you don't support barca.everytime i see you here you do stupid comments agaist barca.dude if you have so much hate against barca why do u support us??
look at the arsenal supporters they support the club in good time or badtime.when club is in dire situation or they make any mistake some of you guys are here to load against the club.

we support barca till we die

Anonymous said...

lol you're the one who's guessing. you just assume eto'o 'deserves' a raise based on made up numbers in your head. those numbers have been widely reported. read the archives of pep's blog, you'll see all the renewal numbers.

if you go to www.futebolfinance.com you can see player salaries for last year. xavi/iniesta made 5 million euros last year, eto'o/henry made 7.5 million euros. eto'o/henry were tied for the 6th highest paid players in the world. messi is the only one on barcelona who makes more than eto'o and that's only because he's a global marketing phenomenon.

groga said...

HOW WOULD FUTBOLFINANCE KNOW?! Websites are just guessing, man. Don't believe them. As if every club will show them the contracts... There have been other figures on this blog too, every site/paper/magazine has its own numbers.

Ricky, I'm only against behaviour of the the board (which is NOT the club) in this specific case. If you support the club, you should be critical and not follow the people in charge blindly.

Anonymous said...

let's see. trust numbers reported and corroborated on various websites and news reports. or trust numbers you have made up in your head because you love eto'o and don't believe in anything negative about him. i don't know who's just following blindly here.

Anonymous said...

gorga

nah FUTBOLFINANCE is wrong.you are always right lol.

www.futebolfinance.com is a renowned site which publish report about players salary each year.that's a reliable source.where do you get information by the way?
most probably from some unreliable tabloids who are just there to spread rumor and earn money from selling crap stories

skanjos said...

"I'm only against behaviour of the the board (which is NOT the club) in this specific case. If you support the club, you should be critical and not follow the people in charge blindly."

+1 by me.dont compare the club with board,ever.its like saying we should be blind to gaspart spending spree cause we are barcelona fans thats madness m8.everyone has his own mind and should judge the board by its actions,the board/the manager/the coaches and the players are all a part of barcelona team ,that doesnt mean they dont make mistakes,or that we follow them blindly.

groga said...

I don't say I'm right, Anony, I'm basically saying we don't really know it.

jack said...

i think dezeko will not join milan this season.so i wish if milan comes for eto'o we should ship him out of the club 20 muro.let him go to milan and fight with dinho like he used to do in barca.milan need a striker and we want him out. so for 20 m euro it will be a good deal

Anonymous said...

of course the board can make mistakes, sometimes they have other agendas. but most of the time they do what they do in the best interest of the club.

players act in the best interest of themselves. i think that's what you guys have to realize. eto'o wants to cash in, he has leverage, which he is using effectively.

however when it's all said and done players rarely do what he's doing. he's clearly mad about the club pushing him out last year. but that's just a part of the business. if he's so bitter about last year that's he's doing it to hurt the club then he will only hurt himself in the long run.

a while ago you guys were saying the club are 'mistreating him' by pushing him out. to me it seemed like the only reason were pushing him out was because they know he won't accept the 7.5m wage, a wage they can't go beyond. this is why they have no choice but to find the best financial solution, to sell him.

now the club has offered an extension. it shows they would indeed like to keep him if possible. but you guys will see when he rejects the offer that the club had no choice when they didn't offer him originally, he was never going to sign for this wage. i don't care how 'insulted' eto'o feels by the way the extension offer has been given, he should know the club's intention to not want to break the wage structure. if he doesn't accept tomorrow then i think it's safe to say he's not going to renew and is refusing to be sold so he could collect a big signing bonus cheque.

simson said...

eto'o is simply annoying us.

hey pep some guys are making racist comment in this site.ththis guys should be banned from here

any possibility?

pep said...

I can delete comments, simson. If you read some, you can report them.

hawk_barca_4_life said...

i think we shld supprt the board decision .. they r reason why guardiola came in , why we r financially more stable , the reason why we r the best club....
it would be good now if etoo left coz keeping a stiker who we know will not be next season (aside from money issue) no club would want that coz even the coach and the team would not count on him which was diff affair last season .

asif said...

i don't think we should offer eto'o increase in salary.it will break our salary structure.everyone will use eto'o as reference to get a raise and try to hold the club ransom.

despite we lose money from selling eto'o this is a good lesson for the board.from now on board will be cautious about the situation and will not allow any player to blackmail the club

shilpa said...

if eto'o accept the salary he should stay.otherwise he should leave this summer.he can't blackmail the club like this who gave him so much fame.learn something from ronnie eto'o.as a human being eto'o is nowhere near ronaldinho

carlos said...

i am just waiting for sandro rosell.if he becomes president next year he will bring some bignames like cesc or pato and fc barca will be able to compete with madrid

buj said...

While his points are valid, I can't help feeling fishy about that Anony who keeps backing Barca's board. Could he be another "insider".

Anyway, again valid points but can another striker guarantee the same return that eto'o has given us.

As eto'o is already a "damaged product" in the eyes of most barca fans due to his alleged demands, i'm sure he will not be accepted as he was before and he himself may jeopardise the team chances next season, so I guess the writing is already on the wall for him. Sadly.

EkY said...

if im the sport director

if eto'o doesnt want a new deal with the same salary and doenst want to be sell to other clubs , I'll make so

I 'll always put him on the player list but I 'll not let him play
I 'll make him unhappy at the club.
I 'll make him lost his passion of football for 1 season until he goes for free . LOL

Just leave to city eto'o

downcast97 said...

You guys have to agree first that there is no football player more important than the club. I understand those people who do not agree with FCB board regadring the Eto's fuss, because they probably have supported FCB since 2003 the day Eto'o joined us and they cannot imagine Barca without him. Forwads in Barca come and go. Thank you Eto you did a lot to Barca. but if it is time for you to leave which is inevitable, then leave. Only Barca stays

Anonymous said...

ETO MUST STAY!!!I THINK HE DESERVE A BETTER SALARY...

NouBarca said...

You all want him to go. tell me why? Salary stucture? Okay, Inies is 25, and he is on 5Mil/year, sp when he renews twice more, would we break structure or sell him? Who is that TOP player that has been given paycut in the last decade and loved it?

Marc4barca said...

many of the eto fans didn't want valdes to renew but now blames the club for not increasing eto's wages, if i remember eto should of been out of barca last year and he went against their will and did what he like, i won't raise someone who doesn't listen, the mere fact that people even brought up a club legend like xavi who is also a cule is very disrespectful, he is a club symbol not eto and still gets paid less. i guess you want barca give everyone +9m a year cause everyone played an important role, oh wait we should pay iniesta 14mil cause if it wasn't for him we wouldn't be in the cl final and won it, we should pay messi 15mil cause he scored more than eto and saved us in more than 5 mathces, we should pay xavi 13mil cause he got like 30+ assist. get real people if someone salary was to raise every time someone played well then every club would be bankrupt. 7.5 is right wages for good players, only over the top talented players get paid more and eto isn't one. barca players got paid 4mil bonus for destroying real at el classico alone so don't talk like barca are a bad club who disrespects their players. there is a way we do things and not all of them may be nice and sweet but football is a sport as well as business and if eto turns down the deal then he'll just reaveal what he truly is. A childish and selfish player and what would you expect from a madrid product.

Marc4barca said...

Noubarca where in the topic do you see a paycut, he is being offered an extension with the same salary.

refter said...

"someone who doesn't listen"

Times of slavery is over, I'm afraid (and before someone asks: no, I'm not black or African). If people have a contract, no one should "listen" to anyone anymore, they just should stick to the contract.

The board just screwed up things so bad. He was offered a pay cut first, read the press conference report. Guess you think it's "normal" to offer a player a paycut after his and the club's best season ever while all the other guys are getting a rise?

NouBarca said...

lol.. you are very funny mate. Why was the renwaloffer sent as text last night? hours before the press conference? Iniesta got us there, eto saw us tru. lol.. How much would Someone like Ibra earn? is he an "over the top talent"? For me, Eto has been one of the "over the top talents" in the last few years.. People get pay rise when they renew. Why would anyone renew on same salary? Would you?

NouBarca said...

And what has being a cule have to do with this? its either you are good or not. Xavi legend, eto vilain? lol..
Eto has 2 UCL medals and he can boast of playing 2 finals and score Barcas 1st goals in both games.. and the goals changed the games. FACT!!! Its not you who would tell me who a legen is..

No wonder they want Cecs back. He is a cule, tell them to get Gio Santos, Spurs is beside Arsenal... LOLzzzz

Marc4barca said...

plz don't bring up ibra we all know what he gets and barca have already scratched him off the list and he is an over the top talent in the eyes of the nazzuri and me.

well then noubarca i guess everyone in barca should be getting paid 9mil then since everyone played a huge role. what's wrong with renewing with same salary from what i heard eto is willing to stay if he was that dedicated he should of accepted by now if there was truly an offer but what i'm getting at is if the club is paying you a good salray, second highest the possibilities of you getting more is low and you have to realize that if eto gets a pay raise then others will ask and then it continues like that. to tell you the truth i just want this thing to be over whether he renews or not cause this is taking up to much time in the transfer.

refter do you believe any and everything the news or an agent says?? you said something i said a few weeks ago if someone signs a contract they should respect it(players only) so why should eto get a raise. players should only get raise when the club offers it and here is something for everyone to think about, if players should get a raise cause they played all so well then why didn't they get a paycut for going two seasons without a trophy, last year eto was awful, i didn't see him ask for a paycut but you know who got the blame for that? rikjaard got fired and laporta had to go through a vote of no confidence so don't talk like the club doesn't suffer they are also looking out for themselves, just like what everyone claim eto is doing.

Marc4barca said...

yes Noubarca cules/catalans have special attention at barca why do you think valdes is still here and why they are so eager to get cesc back and gio is not a cule/catalan he is a cantera product, there's a difference. he left barca on a bad note so he won't be coming back? so why are we going after cesc who also left on a bad note, he is a cule. barcelona is not a spanish team it's a catalan club so cule get special attention and everyone can see that. eto scored two goals in two finals congrats but never the less everyone most likely give all applauds to xavi and iniesta for the manu final and larsson for the arsenal final. eto does get unfair but he is reacting to it all wrong.

refter said...

Last season everyone was awful. And Eto'o was injured and still was scoring as ever, so I wouldn't call that awful from part.

You're just being a hater, Marc...

Harsha said...

Take it easy guys... Txiki and Guardiola know a lot more than "You and I" ... Iam sure they know what they are doing, and its the best for the club, and we have to blindly trust them. Next season, we'll be a formidable team again, competing for many trophies. ALL HAIL BARCA !

Harsha said...

@shilpa : Indian girl following barca...!! quite surprising. Where are you from lady ? what do you do ?

Marc4barca said...

last season everyone was not awful, messi and iniesta and yaya played very well last season and messi was also injured and so was ronaldinho, the best players come back from injury and continue playing at the highest lvl just like what messi and iniesta did, yaya was playing injured so don't come with that he was injured crap, so tell me how am i being a hater. i pointed out the truth and the fact that nou was saying eto should get paid higher cause he was playing well then other should also and if the player plays bad then why don't they get a pay cut and also that the board suffers not the players. barca can't fall for any and everyone's demands, there is nothing more irritating than people talking when they know nothing, defending the player before the club, Mes Que Un Club, say it over in your head a couple a times before you post about a player or the club, this discussion is done.

Jerry said...

Oh my god, thanks for the translation, but please remove or just reduce the usage of "WOULD" in every sentenses :D LOL

shilpa said...

@harsha

i am from kolkata yaar.where are you from??

Anonymous said...

hey pep, how can i contact with you? i want to talk about a serious topic.

pep said...

For serious (and non-serious) topics, you can always contact me at:

fcbtransfers [at] yahoo [dot] com

NouBarca said...

lol.. So, Xavi would you shoot Xavi a cule and Inies (not a cule) if they say they dont want to renew on the same salary? You would fight their course.. wouldnt you? You dont like Eto. and t shard for you to "protect" him in this case. I like our players and the board.. but I am not a blind follower. If a player is wrong, I know, and when the board is wrong I know it. i am not a sheep that would take everything the board does hook-line-sinker. I have a head. How did Eto get a better pay than Xavi and Inies who are "your sacred cows"? He worked his way!!! so if a a company is renewing evry ones contrat at the end of thier best year ever, the cleaner gets a pay rise from £5 to £7, the driver moves from £7 to £10, the supervisors from £15 to £18, then you say the manager is already on £30, thus he would get nothing more. if you was the manger, I am sure you would be over the moon jumping for joy and saying thank you the the borad. We live in a real world. We are humans and any man without ego and self-pride has issues. NONE OF YOU WOULD TAKE IT!!

NouBarca said...

and yes we know nothing. You live in Larpotas house. You know all things. Or havent you been talking? And why cant I defend a player who gives/gave his all? or wasnt his best good enough?

and you say shoulndt everyone else get pay rise, who has renewed out of the "cules" who would lay their lives for Barca at the same salary? Even Valdes who is a "cule till death" ask for what he thought was good. eto is in my top 5 goalkeeprs. Is valdes in your to 5 goal keepers? yet he got what he felt was good enough. Does Barca feed u to make you so tilted in your judgement? I have come to the conclusion that Barca cant be wrong. Maradona, Rivaldo, R10, were all wrong. we know all things.
Please get Oleguer back asap. he is a cule

Nou said...

+ if you really want Catalan players, stop signing non-catalan players. Inies and Messi arent one tho

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