Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney remains Chelsea's top transfer target, but according to David Woods and Steve Brenner of the Daily Star, Jose Mourinho has a backup plan in the guise of Samuel Eto'o.
There is a battle of wills going on, as United have stood firm in the face of interest from Chelsea in their star forward.
Rooney hiked up the pressure, via his Facebook page, over the weekend when appearing to take a dig at Red Devils boss David Moyes by praising England manager Roy Hodgson for selecting him for this week's game with Scotland.
It would appear relations are strained between club and player, despite Moyes' statement to the contrary, but Chelsea are no nearer to concluding a deal, and Mourinho may look elsewhere.
Woods and Brenner write:
He has turned to experienced Cameroon striker Eto'o.
The 32-year-old has been with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for the last couple of seasons, earning a stunning £17m-a-year salary after tax.
But the bubble at Anzhi looks to have burst and Mourinho is considering giving Eto'o—who played for him at Inter Milan—another crack at the big time.
Chelsea could face competition from Napoli for Eto'o as the Daily Mail's Simon Jones quotes the player's agent as saying the striker would be happy in Serie A.
"It’d be a dream for him to wear the jersey of a glorious club like Napoli," Claudio Vigorelli said. "However, so far they have not contacted us."