Eto’o gets the Blues
Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has swapped one Russian billionaire owner for another as the cost-cutting measures of Anzhi Makhachkala have caused him to switch to Chelsea.
August 29th, 2013
The 32-year old striker has signed a one-year deal for new manager Jose Mourinho, with whom he shared the glory of a Champions League win for Inter Milan in 2010; the free transfer means that Chelsea won’t need to up his previous transfer fee of £18.4m to secure the African’s services.
Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerimov has also made the deal to sell Willian to Spurs this week as he announced that he would no longer foot such an extravagant bill – the actual budget reduction is staggering.
By signing the three-time Champions League winner and four-time domestic champion, Mourinho appears to have announced defeat in his pursuit of Wayne Rooney – but Eto’o can’t be bad for a Plan B!
The Cameroon international was making upwards of £150,000 a week on his deal with Anzhi – and only a fellow billionaire would have been wise to make a similar offer in obtaining the striker’s signature. While only Man City have really signalled their intentions in squad strengthening, the signing of the former Barcelona striker and four-time African Footballer of the Year will surely provide the firepower which should see Mourinho’s Blues challenging on all domestic and European fronts again this season.