The Daily Express is reporting that Samuel Eto’o is a target for incoming Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, with the Blues taking the lead over Arsenal as favourites to sign the star.
Eto’o was favoured for a move to Arsenal after the Real Madrid star said he fancied a move into the Barclays Premier League next season.
“Playing in England is an idea I have had in my head for some time and now what matters to me is finding a good team,” Eto’o told reporters.
And while it was thought that Arsenal would make a move for Eto’o in the hopes of making a big star signing to end their trophyless run, Chelsea have now emerged as favourites to snare the Cameroon international.
With Chelsea announcing this morning that Villas-Boas has signed on to the club on a three year deal, transfer speculation is now rife that the 33-year-old will set about signing new targets as quickly as possible.
Brazilian starlet Neymar, and Porto pair Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho, are also said to be on Villas-Boas’ list of targets, but Eto’o is a top priority, despite recent comments by Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti that the striker won’t be going to Arsenal, Chelsea, or any other club next season.
“What I can say is that I have spoken to Maicon, Sneijder and Eto'o and they have all told me they want to continue with us,” Moratti said.