The agent of Samuel Eto’o is reportedly in London as speculation mounts that the player is set to join Chelsea.
The Anzhi Makhachkala striker is on his way out of the Russian club following their very dramatic change in financial strategy and has been linked with a reunion with his old boss Jose Mourinho.
The two enjoyed a successful spell together at Inter Milan claiming domestic and European honours and with Mourinho now moving onto his Plan B and C following his seemingly failed pursuit of Wayne Rooney a deal for the Cameroon International could now be in the offing.
Despite being 32 year old and one of world’s football top earners Eto’o has fallen off the radar slightly since his move to Russia. The former Barcelona star forged a reputation as one of Europe’s deadliest strikers during a five year spell at the Nou Camp, winning 3 La Liga titles and 2 Champions League winner’s medals, before joining Inter Milan in 2009.
During two years in Italy he added to his medal haul helping a Mourinho managed Inter to a treble in the 2009/2010 season as they claimed a domestic double and then the Champions league.
The player is also a target for Manchester United with David Moyes ready to move for Eto’o should the club decide to allow Rooney secure his “dream” move to Chelsea.
A complicated merry-go-round appears to be in motion complicated further by the fact that Eto’o, like Rooney, has his heart set on a switch to the Blues.
The former Real Mallorca man is believed to be available for a cut price fee which dependant on the reports you read could be anything from £5-15 million and earlier this month spoke of his desire to work once again with Mourinho saying ‘There is only one Jose Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches – but there is no other character in the game like Jose.
‘He is one of the best coaches in the world – and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan. I would like to have the chance to play under him again – because it is never boring when Jose is around.
Mourinho revealed his delight at those comments saying “I am always happy that somebody that worked with me previously is happy to be back and work with me again,”
“That is a good feeling that I have, when I read something that Samuel is keen.
Before calming talk of a move by adding “It is fantastic for us, but we are going to see what happens.”