Alexis Sanchez, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy and former striker Luis Suarez have all slipped through Liverpool’s fingers this summer, according to a myriad of transfer-reporting newspaper pushers, but boss Brendan Rodgers hasn’t given up on adding to his centre-forward ranks.
Former Chelsea, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid hotshot Samuel Eto’o is the latest player tipped to become Liverpool’s eighth signing of the silly season, with the ’33-year-old’ priced up at evens with bwin.com to be sporting the famous red jersey by September 2nd.
Ajax are 8/1 to pick him up by the same date, which suggests a reported visit to the Amsterdam ArenA over the weekend, to watch Frank de Boer’s side kick off their Eredivisie campaign with a win over Vitesse, didn’t go that well.
The Dutch champions are alleged to have offered Eto’o a mere £35k per week, which Liverpool can easily trump considering he doesn’t come with a hefty transfer fee.
According to the boys in black and gold’s odds-compilers, 4/1 Spurs rate the biggest danger to Rodgers pulling off a deal for a player who grabbed 20-goal hauls during four La Liga and Serie A seasons between 2004-11, with his best being 30 for Barca back in 2008/09.
Eto’o scooped his second Champions League winners’ medal in that campaign and added another the following May with Jose Mourinho’s Inter, although the pair couldn’t quite repeat the feat with the Blues when going out to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals last term.
West Ham, Juventus and perpetual rumour-magnets Wolfsburg can all be backed at 12/1 in this market, while QPR are intriguing 6/1 shots to make what does seem very much like a Harry Redknapp signing.
Eto’o struck nine times in 21 Premier League games for Chelsea and 12 in 34 fixtures all told, so there should still be some life in the we-don’t-know-how-old dog yet.