Chelsea remain confident that Wayne Rooney will sign for the club before the close of the transfer window but have lined up Samuel Eto’o as an alternative should they fail.
The Express reported that a source close to the Stamford Bridge club said: “Chelsea are sure Rooney will join” but go on to say that enquiries have been made for the Eto’o, who is currently at Anzhi Makhachkala and may be available for around £5 million.
Jose Mourinho worked with the 32-year-old at Inter Milan, where they won the treble together and the Blues had already made an approach for veteran forward Didier Drogba earlier in the window, but I don’t think Eto’o is necessary.
The Cameroon forward has scored 36 goals in 71 games since his 2011 move to Anzhi which isn’t a bad haul but we already have three forwards in the squad and I’d hate to see Romelu Lukaku’s chances deteriorate by bringing in someone that will expect to play a lot of games whilst picking up a sizeable wage.
He’s currently the highest paid footballer in the world which is one of the reason’s why Anzhi wouldn’t mind shifting him as they’re going through a tough spell financially. There’s not a chance Chelsea would meet those wages but it’s likely he’d be on more than we really should be forking out for someone past their prime.
Both Inter and Napoli are reportedly interested in taking Eto’o back to Serie A. I think the only reason we’re being linked with him is because he’s one of Mourinho’s former players and his club are putting him in the shop window, so I can’t see it happening. It’s far more likely that things will be as reported at the beginning of the Rooney chase when the headlines read ‘it’s Rooney or bust’.