Anzhi Makhachkala and Cameroon forward Samuel Eto’o has been pictured in London recently and is poised for a move to Stamford Bridge to reunite with Jose Mourinho.
He will be following Willian, who also signed from Anzhi, as Mourinho’s ‘Plan B’ following the failed attempts to sign Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.
Judging by the reaction I have seen it seems as though many fans are underwhelmed by the prospect of Eto’o and are put off by his age at 32-years-old, especially those that were particularly keen on Rooney, but each deal has to be judged on its own merits and it isn’t every day a back-to-back treble winner that has won the Champions League three times joins your club.
Eto’o is in his twilight years and that much is a fact whilst he has also been playing in a league that, although growing, isn’t considered as one of Europe’s best, but he has maintained a one in two goal average at the Russian club and remains a big name, a name that Mourinho trusts after a successful relationship during their days at Inter Milan.
It’s understood that Eto’o will be revealed as a Chelsea player by tomorrow (Friday) lunchtime and it’s expected that he’ll cost the Blues £2 million in transfer fees and approx £6 million on a one-year deal. That means the forward will have turned down his former club Inter as well as the promise of earning higher wages elsewhere in football, such as Qatar or the US, just to come to Chelsea which suggests that he’s still hungry to have a last hurrah at the top.
Eto’o has a great respect for Mourinho and the versatility of the player will appeal to the manager as he can play up front, on the wing and has even successfully occupied a number 10 role for Anzhi. In my opinion he also represents a lesser threat to Romelu Lukaku’s career than Rooney would have done. Lukaku needs games and if he doesn’t get them this season then he’ll go elsewhere as there are plenty of clubs that would take him.
For the price Eto’o could prove a shrewd signing for Mourinho.
Source: Sky Sports