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Chelsea star Eto'o in talks over summer exit

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Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o could be set to exit the club this summer, with it being claimed that he is in talks over a possible summer switch to Besiktas.

This is according to The Metro, who report that the Turkish giants flew club officials to London earlier this week to negotiate with the Cameroon international, with a two-year deal supposedly the option available.

The same source further states that it is uncertain if Eto'o would be keen on a move to the Süper Lig, but that the generous length of the contract - as well as the potential to then become a coach in the aftermath - could prove tempting.

33-year-old Eto'o joined Chelsea from troubled Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala prior to the close of the last summer transfer window and while he endured a slightly ponderous start to life at Stamford Bridge, he has become an important figure under Jose Mourinho in recent months.

With a return of eight goals in 19 top-flight fixtures, the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star's influence has steadily grown with fans evidently desperate to see him prove his fitness ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening.

As it was, Eto'o - who initially injured a hamstring during Chelsea's 6-0 drubbing of Arsenal last month - did start the game against Laurent Blanc's star-studded side, completing the full 90 minutes as Demba Ba's last-gasp goal ensured a 2-0 victory and a place in the final four of a competition that the Blues won for the very first time in 2012.

While Mourinho is widely expected to dip into the transfer market this summer to complete the signing of at least one quality striker, the imminent exit of Eto'o - whose initial one-year deal will expire at the end of the season - appeared as if it could be open to change with rumours having suggested that he could be offered an extension.

However, if Chelsea do have any ambition of keeping Eto'o then they will have to act quickly with the likes of Besiktas now circling.

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