Anzhi Makhachkala star Samuel Eto'o is a surprise target for Premier League outfit Chelsea who are still in the hunt for a new striker, reports The Guardian.
Jose Mourinho is seeking a new frontman at Stamford Bridge, with Eto'o being a surprise contender for the role.
Chelsea had two bids for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney rejected - which were in the region of £25million - and are now looking elsewhere as their hopes of landing the England striker are becoming dimmer.
Eto'o worked under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, with the Cameroon international having a two-year stint after transferring to the Italian side from Barcelona in 2009.
The 32-year-old is the highest paid footballer in the world at the moment, earning £350,000-a-week at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
Eto'o has never experienced life in the Premier League, but Chelsea are willing to make that happen with a £5million bid reportedly launched from Chelsea.
The Guardian also states that Eto'o is open for a move away from Anzhi, as the Russian club are looking to cut costs, with the African star keen to be reunited with former boss Mourinho.
Eto'o has won the Champions League with both Barcelona and Internazionale, netting in the final against Manchester United in 2009, which gives the striker enough experience of the competition which could be valuable for Chelsea.
Mourinho is unable to rely on current Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who shows inconsistency in his goalscoring form.
Eto'o could be a positive replacement with a low price tag, but the striker is on the wrong side of 30 and the striker's wages extremely high, would the Blues be willing to risk it all for a striker who's past his peak?
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