It was always going to be difficult for Chelsea to sign Wayne Rooney without the player stating an intention to leave Manchester United so Jose Mourinho has long had alternatives in mind and revealed this when he said that he has a ‘plan A, B and C’ to reporters.
Rooney is a no-go, signing the likes of a Jackson Martinez or a Luis Suarez look slim at this stage, so Anzhi Makhachkala forward Samuel Eto’o increasingly looks to be the man that Mourinho will turn to.
Mourinho has worked with the 32-year-old before at Inter Milan where he and Eto’o won a treble together. It was the second successive treble for Samuel Eto’o, who won a treble with Barcelona the season before.
The Express reported that the Cameroon legend has already said his goodbyes to his Anzhi team-mates and will follow Willian to Stamford Bridge after turning down a move back to his old club Inter.
He’s currently the highest paid player in football but will earn £4 million on a one-year deal, so will be taking a significant pay cut just to join Chelsea and it’ll cost around £2 million to release him from Anzhi. Forgetting his age, that’s next to nothing for a player that has scored in two Champions League finals as well as winning back-to-back trebles whilst representing a minimal risk. If it goes well then it could prove to be the bargain of the summer window.
During his time at Anzhi he has scored 36 goals in 71 appearances, at Inter he netted 53 times in 101 games and 129 in 201 at Barcelona. Whilst his best days are behind him he’s a forward that has been scoring one-in-two wherever he’s been and is versatile to play forward, in a wide role or at number 10 which would appeal to Mourinho and perhaps he isn’t as big a threat to Romelu Lukaku’s development as Rooney would have been.