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Samuel Eto'o could be heading to Roma

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Roma will need to offer Samuel Eto'o €70,000-a-week to leave Chelsea this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Italian newspaper Leggo reports that Eto'o, who is free to leave Chelsea after his contract expires, is willing to sign for Roma if they meet his wage demands. He wants a two-year contract worth €4m a season.

Eto'o is a close friend of Maicon having played with the Brazilian at Inter Milan, and Roma director of football Walter Sabatini has been in talks with officials over putting together a package for the Cameroonian international.

The 33-year-old played one full season at Stamford Bridge after joining from Anzhi last summer.

Controversy at Stamford Bridge

He scored nine goals in 21 Premier League appearances, but fell out with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho over comments made about his age to the French press.

Mourinho insinuated that Eto'o may actually be much older than his stated ag, to which the striker responded with an "old man and a walking stick" celebration when he next scored at Stamford Bridge.

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He's now been allowed to look for a new club as Chelsea explore other options - they are reportedly close to officially announcing a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have also been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, as Mourinho looks to completely revamp his attacking options. He has already agreed the signing of Barcelona playmaker Cesc Fabregas.

Roma in the Champions League

Roma, following their second placed finish in Serie A, are preparing for a Champions League campaign next season and Eto'o is one of several targets on their radar.

Ukrainian winger Yehven Konoplyanka, Shakhtar's Douglas Costa and Dinamo Kiev's Jeremain Lens are also under consideration.

Eto'o has indicated that he does not fancy finishing his career in the United States or Qatar, two typical retiring homes for former greats of the European game.

Playing at the highest level

Rather than joining the likes of Thierry Henry and David Villa in New York City, Eto'o believes he can still cut it at Champions League level so a move to Roma may appeal to him.

It just remains to be seen whether the Italians are willing to pay the wages.

They might not be getting this Eto'o anymore, but he's still a deadly finisher...

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