Chelsea's technical director, Michael Emenalo, has said that his club only signed Samuel Eto'o due to missing out on Wayne Rooney, according to the Metro.
Emenalo spent most of the summer trying to lure Rooney to Stamford Bridge, but was unable to do so.
Manchester United were resolute in their resistance to Chelsea's approaches, and despite three separate bids for the England striker, he remained an Old Trafford man past the transfer deadline.
Now, Emenalo has declared that their failure to convince United into a sale is the reason they opted to bring in Samuel Eto'o.
"In the case of Samuel Eto’o, it was an open secret that we wanted Wayne Rooney and I don’t need to explain what the idea is behind wanting a player like Rooney," he said.
"We weren’t able to get Rooney and we had Lukaku, Ba and Torres, we felt comfortable with them but we also felt comfortable to bring Eto’o to give us a little bit of competition."
With the arrival of Eto'o, Jose Mourinho has bolstered his options concerning who will spearhead his attack, even with the deadline day loan exit of Romelu Lukaku.
At 32-years-old, Eto'o may not look like a the type of player a would-be tittle winning team would bring in, but he does have plenty of pedigree in winning trophies, and has worked with Mourinho at Inter Milan previously.