Samuel Eto'o close to Roma move

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Four-times African Player of the Year, Samuel Eto'o, is close to a Serie A return after his representatives met with AS Roma on Monday to discuss a possible move to the club, according to the Daily Mail.

Free agent

Eto'o is a free agent after being released by Chelsea at the end of last season and it is thought Roma officials are keen to secure his services after luring former team-mate Ashley Cole to the Stadio Olimpico. 

The Cameroon international has reportedly had offers from China and Turkey however a move back to Italy is what the player wants most and considering that Roma are in the UEFA Champions League, a deal could very well be thrashed out.

Eto'o, alongside Cole, would provide Roma with plenty of much needed European experience after lifting the Champions League title on two occasions with Barcelona and once with Jose Mourinho during his time at Inter Milan.

Eto'o wage demands could be a problem

A potential problem that could scupper the deal for Roma officials are the massive wage demands that normally come attached with the African superstar. 

For any deal to be done the player will have to be willing to drop his demands to around £3 million a season, a far cry from the £17 million a year he was getting from Russian club, Anzhi Makhachkala.

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Eto'o enjoyed a trophy-laden spell last time out in Italy, after signing for Inter Milan from Barcelona for €46 million in 2009, where he won the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League in 2010, and scored 53 goals in 101 games.

Reunited with Ashley Cole

If a deal can be thrashed out he will be joining former Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole, after he put pen to paper in a two-year deal expected to be worth around £80,000 a week, a huge pay-cut to the £200,000 a week he was earning at Stamford Bridge.

Eto'o a quality finisher

Cole was a free agent after being released by Chelsea at the end of last season and was thought to be considering several high profile offers from the US, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Monaco to mention a few, however it was Roma that will provide Cole the new challenge which includes Champions League football.

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