Chelsea are reportedly just days away from running up the white flag in their pursuit of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney – who is just 1/2 to end the current transfer window at Old Trafford – and the Blues may turn to Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o to bolster their strike force instead. Should they fail to snare Rooney, the Cameroonian must rate a superb short term solution for the Stamford Bridge club.
At 32-years-old Eto’o may no longer be in the first flushes of youth, but heading into his third decade in the frozen wastes of Daghestan has done little to dull his appetite for goals and he has maintained the happy knack of averaging a goal every other game or better – fostered at Barcelona and Inter – bagging 36 times in 71 outings for Anzhi.
Like Rooney, Eto’o offers Jose Mourinho something different from Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba, with the ability to play as a number 10-style playmaker in his resplendent locker.
Indeed perhaps more so than Rooney he can thrive as a line-leading number nine having thrived there for Barcelona, so is capable of playing instead of the aforementioned trio to boot.
Another reason which the Cameroonian international – who has netted 55 times in 112 internationals – may prove an equally shrewd acquisition as the England hitman is his happily profitable past relationship with Mourinho.
The pair won a domestic treble together at Inter and would benefit from a prior knowledge of what each expects of the other if they began a new venture together at Stamford Bridge.
Furthermore, with Fernando Torres a shadow of his former self in recent seasons, superstar role models for Lukaku and the other young Chelsea strikers are thin on the ground – a position a decorated star like Eto’o could fill with aplomb.
However, the Anzhi man’s wage demands muddy the waters somewhat when it comes to a potential deal, with the Express reporting Eto’o’s agent as saying he was unlikely to leave the club as he was “not willing to move to another club for less wages”.
When those wages are £300,000-a-week – not far off double the brown envelope highest Blues earner Eden Hazard trousers every seven days – it’s difficult to foresee even Chelsea ceding to the striker’s demands.