Reports are emerging in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that Ajax have joined the race to sign highly sought striker Samuel Eto’o following his release from Chelsea.
More precisely Dutch media report that the Cameroon striker has been spotted in Amsterdam where he has formally been presented an offer by Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars. The experienced striker has supposedly taken consideration of the offer but asked for patience for his decision amid approaches also by Inter Milan, Liverpool, Everton and West Ham.
The 33-year-old is available for a free transfer after his release from Stamford Bridge, prompting a wide variety of clubs battling for his signature and valuable experience.
Although in the twilight of his career, interest remains high after a season proving he still has what it takes at the highest level scoring nine goals in 21 appearances for Chelsea outshining his fellow younger strikers and putting to rest his ‘old man’ tag labelled by Mourinho.
Firstly with a career spanning the best clubs in the world such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea the player is unlikely to want to step down in any way thus appearing to rule out West Ham’s ambitious approach. A player of his calibre would look to avoid plying his trade for a team likely to be competing in the lower half of the Premier League.
Secondly with a reputation for only listening to big money offers as highlighted with his 2011 shock move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala making him the world’s highest paid player at the time (in terms of salary). This would further put the Hammers out of the running unless an extravagant billionaire is about to take charge of the club’s helm pretty soon. This leaves Inter, Liverpool and Everton with a higher chance of signing him and perhaps Liverpool the more likely destination with possible higher finances than the other two clubs due to competing in the Champions League rather than the Europa League.
However it must not be forgotten that the striker enjoyed a fruitful spell at Inter winning a trophy treble, therefore may favour a return to his former employers. The striker has also previously mentioned upon his arrival to Chelsea an intention to win the league and play for a team in almost every European league having played in Spain, Italy and England thus potentially giving Ajax the upper hand in the race to sign him.