Manchester United have emerged as surprise rivals with Chelsea for the signature of Cameroon superstar Samuel Eto’o.
According to Corriere dello Sport, a number of parties are interested in signing the Anzhi Makhachkala striker and Old Trafford boss David Moyes has emerged as one of those.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on reuniting with Eto’o, whom he managed when winning the treble with Inter Milan.
Manchester United may find it difficult to convince Eto’o to opt for Old Trafford over Stamford Bridge if his recent comments are anything to go by.
The 32-year-old has been expressing his admiration for the Blues and reserved special praise for his former boss Mourinho.
“There is only one Jose Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches, but there is no character in the game like him," he told reporters.
"He is one of the best coaches in the world, and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan. I would like to have the chance to play under him again because it is never boring when Jose is around.
"Chelsea are a great team, and when we have all the offers on the table I will discuss with my agent and see what the next step is."
Anzhi made Eto’o the highest paid player in world football when they signed him from Inter Milan in 2011, but a change in club structure to promote the development of youth has seen the Dagestan-based club prepare to offload some of their highest earners.