Chelsea closing on deal for Samuel Eto’o

Chelsea look set to follow up the capture of Willian with the signing of his Anzhi Makhachkala team-mate Samuel Eto’o.

On Sunday the club’s confirmed that they had beaten Spurs to the signature of twice capped Brazilian star Willian in a deal that will cost the Londoner’s a reported £30 million and according to various reports the club are also in advanced talks over a deal for Eto’o.

Anzhi are keen to offload the former Barcelona man as they re-structure financially amid the adoption of a new modus operandi. A number of top earning stars will be allowed to leave in a quick-fire sale of expensively paid talent with Eto’o number one on the clear out list.

The Cameroon star is still rated as one of the deadliest strikers in Europe and with Chelsea on the lookout for a striker a deal looks set to be in the offing.

Jose Mourinho had been keen on a deal for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney but with David Moyes refusing to entertain the prospect of the England forward turning out in the Blue of Chelsea the club have had to switch their attentions elsewhere.

The Portuguese manager had previously mentioned that he had a plan B and a plan C should a move for Rooney not materialise and it would now appear that those plans are being put into action.

Chelsea have offered the 32 year old Eto’o a reported £4 million salary a year to move to London and while they are very much the favourites to sign the forward they will have one eye on Qatari side Al-Gharafa who are also keen to sign the player and will nearly double any offer from London.

The ambitious middle-eastern side recently signed Lisandro Lopez from Lyon in a £5 million deal but they are ready to trump that with a move for Eto’o and are ready to offer £7 million a year over 3 years to complete a deal.

Interestingly enough Manchester United are also believed to be monitoring the situation as are the players former club Inter Milan however Chelsea hope that the fact they have opened talks with Anzhi coupled the mutual respect between Eto’o and Mourinho will swing the decision their way.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.