Arsenal and Chelsea have been boosted in their pursuit of Samuel Eto’o, after a swap deal for Manchester City fell through for the Inter Milan star, according to the Daily Mirror.
Inter Milan manager Roberto Martinez admitted to reporters that there was talk of a swap deal between Eto’o and Carlos Tevez, who appears to want to leave City in the summer.
"Tevez will stay," Martinez said.
"He is a fantastic player. There was talk of an exchange with Eto'o, but Inter did not want to sell."
While the manager is standing firm with the Italian outfit on not selling Eto’o, should the star want to leave, the club would be hard pressed to stop him.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been connected with Eto’o since the Cameroon star said he wanted a move to the Barclays Premier League.
“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 recently said, alerting Chelsea in particular of his availability.
But Arsenal are also said to be interested in Eto’o, as Arsene Wenger considers splashing the cash for the first time since he took over the managerial position at Arsenal, with the side hoping to end a now six-season-long trophyless run.
And with Chelsea also chasing some big name targets that will take up a fair amount of cash to land, such as Brazilian starlet Neymar and Porto pair Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho, Arsenal may be able to steal the march on their rivals and finally land a big summer signing.