Chelsea are reportedly lining up a bid for Samuel Eto’o should the clubs effort to sign Rooney fail.
The story has been met with mixed appreciation with some considering the player would offer a good short term solution to cover and educate Lukaku and others saying the player is too old to be of any use.
Mourinho has always been a big fan of the Cameroonian striker and the story is he was on the verge of bringing the player to Chelsea in his first stint with the club with the view that he would be one of the few strikers in the world who could effectively partner Drogba. Barcelona eventually decided they weren’t interested in selling him at the time and Chelsea ended up buying Shevchenko instead and the rest is sadly history.
Mourinho’s interest didn’t go away however and once he moved to Inter Milan he eventually convinced Barcelona to sell the striker and the Special One finally got his man as part of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic deal. Eto’o had two very successful seasons with Inter but, money talks and in 2012 he signed for Europe’s big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala. The deal made him the best paid player in the world with the striker supposedly earning nearly £20 million a season.
Anzi are reportedly ready to shift the obscenely expensive players they have acquired in recent seasons with an effort to convert the club to a more sustainable model of in house production. This new operational plan could see such top earning players as Eto’o, Chelsea and Tottenham target Willian, ex Chelsea and Madrid player Lassana Diarra and Premier League regular Chris Samba all move on from the club.
According to The Guardian, Eto’o is being strongly considered if Moyes somehow pulls off a miracle and manages to keep the want a way Rooney at Old Trafford. Eto’o moved to Anzhi for a fee of around £24 million but considering the players age (32) it is unlikely the club would be bidding much more than £7-8 million for the player. The big stumbling block is the astronomical wages the player currently earns and should a bid materialize, Eto’o will have to take a significant wage cut to around a quarter of his current weekly paycheck.
The striker has started the Russian season in good form scoring two goals in four games and despite his years, he still has enough pace to beat the defence and would offer a different sort of striker to any the club currently has on the books. Demba Ba is wholly unconvincing in my opinion and it still remains to be seen if Torres is going to consistently score which leaves Lukaku as the main striking option in my book. The big Belgian was in blistering form last season for West Brom, form that has continued throughout this summers pre season tours. For me Lukaku currently deserve a shot at being the main striker but as he is so young, having a reliable back up to alleviate some of the work load and also to effectively partner could prove invaluable for the club in this coming season.
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