Jose Mourinho has given his clearest indication yet that Chelsea are planning a move for Manchester United target Samuel Eto'o, after admitting he is buoyed by news that the striker is keen to be reunited with his former boss, reports the Daily Express.
After news emerged in Russia last week that Anzhi Makhachakla are looking to make cutbacks under the order of billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov, the Cameroon international was one of the first players mooted for a possible sale this summer.
A move to the Premier League has been touted for the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star, with both Chelsea and Manchester United named as admirers of the highest paid player in world football.
David Moyes is yet to make a marquee signing since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, and it's not yet clear whether bringing the 32-year-old Eto'o will satisfy an increasing contingent of anxious Red Devils supporters.
Either way, Manchester United might miss out on Eto'o altogether, if Chelsea are serious about bringing the player to Stamford Bridge, after Mourinho revealed his admiration for the forward in a recent interview with BT Sport.
"I am always happy that somebody that worked with me previously is happy to be back and work with me again," beamed the Portuguese coach.
"That is a good feeling that I have, when I read something that Samuel is keen. It is fantastic for us [Chelsea], but we are going to see what happens."
The former Real Madrid boss enjoyed a strong working relationship with Eto'o during his time in charge at San Siro, which came after his first spell in charge in west London.
Mourinho has welcomed talk of a potential Premier League move for his former star striker, but whether it's Chelsea or Manchester United, or any other club where the African will ply his trade next remains to be seen.