Chelsea will turn to Anzhi Makhachkala's Samuel Eto'o to fix their striker problem after Jose Mourinho's preferred target Wayne Rooney decided he would not hand in a transfer request to force a move from Manchester United.
Cameroonian Eto'o is said to have already bid farewell to his Anzhi teammates at training as his agent prepares for talks with the London club ahead of a proposed move, as reported by Russian newspaper Izvestia.
Jose Mourinho has always said that the club have back-up plans, should Rooney decide against a move to Stamford Bridge, and the former Barcelona and Inter Milan man appears to be a huge part of those plans.
Chelsea could face competition from the Italian side for the signature of Eto'o, but could hold the edge over the striker's former club in terms of how much they can offer in wages, with the Cameroon international currently one of the highest paid players in the world.
Mourinho has made no secret of his desire for another forward and his decision to leave all of his recognised strikers on the bench for last night's match at Manchester United was a damning indication of his opinion of them.
With Eto'o possibly arriving, there have been doubts cast over the future of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, and one or both of them could leave the club before the transfer deadline.
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