Chelsea are on the verge of sealing a cut-rate one-year deal for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o, according to The Daily Mail.
The 32-year-old arrived in London on Wednesday night to undergo a medical before finalising terms with the Blues.
Earlier this week, Jose Mourinho turned his attention to Eto’o after conceding defeat in his pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Having also missed out on long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao this summer, it would appear Chelsea have been forced to alter their reluctant stance on signing players aged the wrong side of 30 to bring in a prolific striker.
Eto’o will arrive in England on a one-year deal and will no longer be the best-paid footballer in the world - he is expected to slash his yearly earnings by a staggering £10m.
However, the Cameroonian hitman should still be able to make ends meet as reports claim Anzhi will offer a sizeable payout to remove him from their wage bill.
Eto’o is looking forward to working with Mourinho once again, a man whom he has impeccable respect for.
“There is only one Jose Mourinho,” the ex-Inter striker once said about his former manager.
“I have played under a lot of great coaches but there is no other character in the game like Jose.
“I would like to have the chance to play under him again because it is never boring when Jose is around,” he added.
The self-titled 'Special One', who developed a lasting friendship with Eto’o at Inter Milan, is yet to identify his first-choice striker in his second reign as Chelsea manager.
And you don't need to be a master tactician to see why. Three games into the Premier League campaign, Romelu Lukaku, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have all so far failed to hit the back of the net, leaving the door wide open for Eto’o to grasp a starting role at Stamford Bridge.
Couple this with a touch of typical Jose Mourinho magic, and the stage is set for Eto’o to fire Chelsea towards a serious challenge for the Premier League title.
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