Samuel Eto’o has stated that he would love to play under Jose Mourinho again, amid rumours that the west Londoners are in the hunt for the African forward.
With the Wayne Rooney transfer saga continuing without making much headway, Chelsea could have a Plan B in their search for a world-class striker.
Due to Anzhi Makhachkala’s decision to cut costs this summer, Samuel Eto’o looks set to leave the Russian side before the close of the transfer window. Although the Cameroon international has been linked with a plethora of clubs from around Europe, Chelsea are one of the clubs that are monitoring the situation.
Eto’o played under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan in a period that included Serie A and Champions League success, and the African marksman has stated that he would love to play under the Portuguese coach again before the end of his career.
“There is only one Jose Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches - but there is no other character in the game like Jose,” Eto’o said.
“He is one of the best coaches in the world - and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan. I would like to have the chance to play under him again - because it is never boring when Jose is around.
“Of course Chelsea are a great team - and when we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is.”
Mourinho has been clear that Rooney is his number one transfer target this summer, but with Manchester United reluctant to sell the striker to a Premier League title rival, Chelsea’s efforts could well fall short.
If this is the case, Eto’o could well be an enticing Plan B. Mourinho knows the African’s abilities well from their time together in Italy, and the veteran has scored consistently in some of Europe’s top leagues.
If Chelsea were to consider signing Eto’o, it would be a short-term fix for the upcoming season. Roman Abramovich has tried to adopt a youthful recruitment policy in recent years, with players over 30 not on the agenda. It would take Mourinho’s intervention to convince the Russian to bring Eto’o to west London.
Chelsea need an out-and-out marksman that will capitalise on the chances that Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard will create, and in Eto’o they could sign a player with a track record of scoring consistently. As the focal point of the Chelsea attack, Eto’o has the strength to hold the ball up, link in with fellow forwards and the clinical eye for goal that the Blues will need if they are to pose a title threat.
The final decision looks set to be made by Mourinho. In Romelu Lukaku they have a player that is set to be just as good as Eto’o by the time he develops fully, but in the African they have a ready-made top-quality goalscorer that has already scaled the heights of European football.