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Manchester United plan Eto'o talks

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Manchester United will hold talks with Anzhi striker and Chelsea transfer target Samuel Eto'o this week, according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Anzhi are prepared to offload their highest earners as they look to trim their wage bill - Eto'o is one of the most expensive players in world football - and United have now joined Chelsea by registering their interest in the player.

Other options for the Cameroonian striker reportedly include Manchester City or a return to Inter Milan.

Jose Mourinho managed Eto'o at the San Siro, and was believed to be keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge to challenge for a starting place at Chelsea.

But Manchester United have begun exploring alternatives should Wayne Rooney leave Old Trafford this summer.

The England international has been linked with several Premier League clubs, and David Moyes wants to get a contingency plan in place just in case.

The report claims Chelsea are in a similar situation to United - they'll only look to sign Eto'o if another club comes in for either Fernando Torres or Demba Ba. Eto'o's agent, Claudio Vuigorelli, will fly to England this week to enter negotiations with interested clubs.

Eto'o is thought to be available for around £5m, but he'd have to take a pay cut from his current €20m-a-year salary to join one of United or Chelsea.

The 32-year-old Cameroon international has started the season in Russia in fine form, scoring twice in his first five games but Anzhi are scaling back their investments in the team.

Eto'o's teammate Willian is another Anzhi star linked with a Premier League switch - United, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been linked.

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was reportedly interested in the Brazilian playmaker when manager at Stamford Bridge.

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