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Transfer Truth: The Truth on Eto'o to Chelsea

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013 by Araz Heydariyehzadeh

With Wayne Rooney's move to Chelsea simmering down, legendary hit man Samuel Eto'o is the latest to be linked with a move to the Blues after making some pretty explicit overtures toward his former boss.

Eto'o: Transfer Truth: 55%
There are a whole raft of stories stating that Anzhi Makhachkala are keen to cut their wage bill and it was recently reported that the entire team had been put on the transfer list including £200k+ per week striker Eto'o.

Where the stories start to contradict one another is in the notion that Eto'o is willing to take a wage cut to join Chelsea, who we doubt would be willing to match his existing earnings. Whilst some are reporting that that he will take a cut others, including his agent are stating that wage demands are the only thing that would prevent such a move. His agent Peppino Tirri recently told Russian website Vesti:

I can assure you all that Eto'o will definitely stay at Anzhi. It would be very difficult to arrange his transfer because Samuel is not willing to move to another club for less wages.

Normally we would take heed from such words and call the rumour busted, but these appear to us as the words of an agent who has grown incredibly wealthy on the commission he receives from one of his clients and is keen for that to continue. With just 1 year left on his contract Eto'o may well have a different opinion himself.

Eto'o's Opinion
In contradiction to the comments made by his agent, Eto'o appears to be actively engaging Chelsea with a come and get me plea.

There is only one José Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches – but there is no other character in the game like José.He is one of the best coaches in the world and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan.

Eto'o went on to throw everything but the kitchen sink in to make sure Mourinho and Chelsea were left in no doubt of his intent:

I would like to have the chance to play under him again because it is never boring when José is around. Chelsea are a great team. When we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is.

Mourinho's Opinion
Mourinho has returned the admiration in kind, which has fuelled the fire even further. He recently responded to the comments made by Eto'o in an interview given to BT Sport:

I am always happy that somebody that worked with me previously is happy to be back and work with me again. That is a good feeling that I have, when I read something that Samuel is keen. It is fantastic for us, but we are going to see what happens.

Show Me The Money
With Chelsea still potentially considering bolstering their options in attack a world class striker like Eto'o, who is still finding the route to goal with ease, could be a good move especially as he is likely to be available at a cut price transfer fee.

In the end though the issue will boil down to wages. If the agent gets his way Eto'o may go no where. With financial fair play on it's way there won't be many clubs willing to pay £20m a season in wages to one player, but we are of the belief that if Eto'o gets his own way he will take some form of wage cut for one last shot at working with Mourinho.

Our Truth-o-meter
With Anzhi looking to offload Eto'o from their wage bill, and the player himself very keen on a move away, the one year remaining on his contract is likely to facilitate a cut price fee but the wages remain a huge stumbling block. Regardless we think there is a strong chance that someone out there will be willing to pay somewhere close to the kind of terms Eto'o requires.

We seriously doubt that Chelsea would pay his existing wages but the clear two way admiration between Eto'o and Mourinho might be conducive to a move to Chelsea so we're giving a relatively healthy 35% chance that he could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

Likeliness of Signing: 35%
Fit at Club: 75%

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