Roman Abramovich has some deep pockets. But even he must think a move for Samuel Eto'o is a waste of money.
Anzhi Makhachkala are reducing their budget this summer, with players like Eto'o now considered expendable. The club confirmed on their official website that UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules have forced them to rethink their financial strategy.
Considering that Anzhi are looking to offload their highest earners, there are some talented players on offer—but Eto'o would not be a bargain buy.
John Drayton of the Daily Mail reported that the 32-year-old would like to have a reunion with Mourinho:
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.
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.
After acquiring something of a selfish reputation at Barcelona, who seemed destined to clash with rising superstar Lionel Messi, the Cameroonian forward went to Inter Milan and thrived under Mourinho.
He showed a selflessness under the Special One which he hadn't at the Camp Nou. Eto'o moved all around the pitch, even dropping back as an auxiliary full-back at times, such as in Inter's Champions League win over Barcelona in 2010.
Everyone knew Eto'o was one of the world's best finishers. That 2009/10 season made fans and pundits alike take notice of the kind of player he truly was, though.
His skills have not diminished in the Russian Premier League. He's still got a lot left in the tank and would be a very good option for a lot of top European clubs.
The issue is Eto'o's wages. He's on over £300,000 a week. Even if Anzhi offer Eto'o for about £8-10 million, you still have to worry about what kind of wage demands the forward is going to be making. Given his age and role in the team, you'd want to at least cut his current salary in half.
It's going to be hard to convince a player to come to your club when you're going to drop his wages that much.
Chelsea have been guilty of overpaying players in the past and spending an inordinate amount of money on transfers. However, even the Blues have to draw the line somewhere.
Paying that much to a world-class player wouldn't be an issue, but Eto'o is no longer a world-class player—and certainly not one you would break the bank for.
Plus, he's not that much of an upgrade on what Chelsea already have.
Romelu Lukaku is going to have a huge season after doing so well on loan at West Brom last year. Both Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba can fill in as secondary strikers.
Then you have the Fernando Torres dilemma. He's been a massive flop since coming from Liverpool, but if there's a manager who could get the Spaniard back to his best, it's Mourinho.
If Chelsea are going to add a forward, they should pursue a player who is demonstrably better than what they have. Radamel Falcao or Edinson Cavani could have been that kind of striker. Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be as well, but there's no way the Blues would be able to match his salary demands.
Somebody will likely offer Eto'o a good deal, whether he takes it or not. That club doesn't have to be Chelsea.
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