Former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o could help Roma win the Scudetto if the Serie A outfit win the race for the striker’s signature, according to the Daily Mail.
The 33-year-old, who has been without a club since being released by the Blues at the end of last season, has reportedly held positive talks with the Italian club as he looks for a quick resolution over his future.
Premier League duo West Ham and Tottenham are also eying up a move for the Cameroonian, but the lure of Champions League football at the Stadio Olympico could prove too difficult to resist.
Eto’o has represented some of the world’s biggest clubs on the planet’s grandest stage, and his experience could be vital as Roma look to bridge the gap on current champions Juventus next term.
Despite amassing a titanic 86 points last season they still trailed the Old Lady by 16 points come the end and were powerless to prevent Antonio Conte’s men from claiming a third consecutive Serie A title.
The signing of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City ultimately proved decisive, with Roma lacking a key marksman in comparison which ultimately derailed their efforts in the biggest clashes of the season.
In spite of his tender years, Eto’o showed during his time at Stamford Bridge that the magic remains and the goals can continue to flow.
Point to prove
The striker enjoyed some fine moments at Chelsea – most notably a hat-trick against David Moyes’ Manchester United – but the decision to release him was made after deciding he did not warrant a new contract.
Eto’o often had to vie for a starting berth with the inconsistent Fernando Torres, with Demba Ba featuring sporadically as all three struggled to impress Mourinho.
Chelsea’s strikeforce was seen by many as the main reason they did not lift the Premier League title last season, and prompted the Portuguese maverick to delve into the transfer market for the services of Atletico Madrid powerhouse Diego Costa.
Didier Drogba has returned to the club two years after initially leaving, meaning Eto’o now has a point to prove to the rest of the world that his time in London was cut short and he still has a part to play in the game.
A return to Italy and the country where he won the treble with Inter four years ago could bring result in a final Serie A fling for the Cameroon international.
When at Barcelona he was amongst the finest marksmen in world football, and if he replicates the same form for Roma could see them finally end their wait for the Serie A crown.
His days in the game appear increasingly numbered due to his career being in its twilight stages, and he could use the Italian club to bow out with one final sweet success.
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