How Mourinho spat could scupper Chelsea's striker bid

Samuel Eto'o Cameroon

Chelsea have been linked with a swoop for Lorient striker Vincent Aboubakar - but could Samuel Eto'o be an influence on the deal?

The Blues ended Jose Mourinho's first season back at Stamford Bridge without a trophy, and now Chelsea are widely expected to spend heavily this summer in order to bring silverware back to West London. One of the key areas that must be strengthened is in attack, where Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres all struggled to perform consistently over the course of the campaign.

Ba has been strongly linked with a move to Turkey with Besiktas, whilst Torres has been targeted by Italian side Inter Milan in recent months, and with Diego Costa poised to arrive from Atletico Madrid in a blockbuster deal, we will surely see a huge revamp of the Chelsea front line.

The latest reported target is Lorient hitman Aboubakar, who really had a breakout season in France having hit 16 goals in just 33 starts for the Ligue 1 side. The 22-year-old's exploits have attracted interest from a number of clubs, and he could catch the attention of even more teams this summer as he features for Cameroon at the World Cup.

Yet that very fact could scupper a bid from Chelsea for the youngster given that Eto'o is one of his partners in crime in attack. The 33-year-old joined Chelsea on a free transfer last summer but despite his seemingly strong relationship with manager Mourinho upon arriving, the two clashed both during and after Eto'o's spell at the club, with the former Inter Milan and Barcelona forward now a free agent.

Eto'o is a highly influential figure in Cameroonian football, and having spent plenty of time around Aboubakar on international duty, he could certainly open up on his time at Stamford Bridge - and given that he seemingly has very little good to say about the club right now, it may put Aboubakar off making the switch.

Of course, a club the size of Chelsea will always be able to attract players, particularly when they are playing in France - but Eto'o could be a key factor to the young striker.

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