Chelsea are moving to make Samuel Eto'o their primary transfer target, as they continue their search for a striker, The Guardian reports.
Having had two bids rejected in his pursuit of Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho now wants to move for £5million rated Eto'o, whom he worked with at Inter Milan.
It is widely believed that Chelsea will test Manchester United's resolve one last time for the services of Rooney, but with current Red Devils owners, the Glazer family, intent on keeping the England international, it is likely that the bid will be flatly refused.
Eto'o has recently aroused interest due to his current club, Anzhi Makhachkala, engaging in a complete overhaul of their first-team squad which is centred around reducing the wage bill.
The two-time Champions League winner, 32, has bags of experience at the highest level, and is a proven goalscorer. It is thought that his wages, which are currently significantly higher than any player on the books at Stamford Bridge, could prove to be the only stumbling block but, at £5million, he is a definite bargain.
The Cameroon international is keen to rejoin former boss Mourinho, having stated his admiration for the new Chelsea boss.
"There is only one José Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches – but there is no other character in the game like José," Eto'o said.
"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 José is around. Chelsea are a great team. When we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is."
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