Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Blues Should Steer Clear of Samuel Eto'o Chase

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 22: Evgeni Makeev of FC Spartak Moscow battles for the ball with Samuel Eto'o (L) of FC Anzhi Makhachkala during the Russian Football League Championship match between FC Spartak Moscow and FC Anzhi Makhachkala at the Luzhniki Stadium on April 22, 2012 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Dmitry Korotayev/Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Samuel Eto'o would be an ideal target for Chelsea if he was in the midst of his prime.

At 32, that's simply not the case any longer, which is why the Blues shouldn't make a serious effort to land the Anzhi Makhachkala striker.

At his peak, Eto'o was a dynamic striker who brought pace and consistent finishing ability to any attack he joined. He's no longer at that level, though. He's lost a step over time and that would be evident in the Premier League, making him a less dangerous offensive weapon.

His strong track record, which includes successful stints with Barcelona and Inter Milan, can't be denied. That's why his name has popped up on the transfer market with several clubs around Europe looking to add a striker before the window closes.

Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror reports Eto'o is being tracked by Chelsea, Napoli and Inter, with Manchester United also lurking after an unsuccessful summer so far.

He adds the striker may even consider a wage cut to complete a move.

The Cameroon striker accepts he is the Blues' fall-back option if their pursuit of Wayne Rooney fails—the Londoners are refusing to give up on the England ace, despite Manchester United’s clear insistence he is not for sale.

Eto'o is desperate to quit Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachakla after the club's billionaire owner, Suleyman Kerimov, suddenly pulled the financial plug.

After a season where they were overly reliant on the inconsistent Fernando Torres, Chelsea have made a concerted effort to bolster the attack during the summer. Romelu Lukaku returned from a successful loan stint with West Bromwich Albion and Andre Schurrle was added to the strikeforce.

However, manager Jose Mourinho must think he's still one piece away from an attack capable of capturing the Premier League title.

His public pursuit of Wayne Rooney remains active, as mentioned in Lipton's report, and now Chelsea has been linked to Eto'o.

There's a big difference between those two options, though.

Rooney is a 27-year-old star still capable of playing at an extremely high level on a regular basis. He also provides versatility, which will be important with the Blues attempting to work in a handful of different players up front.

The England international also proved last term that he can make an impact when he's not the main focus of the attack. Robin van Persie assumed that role for United, but Rooney was still able to tally 16 goals across all competitions.

Of course, the added bonus for Chelsea would be prying a key asset away from United while improving their squad at the same time.

On the flip side, Eto'o is on the downside of his terrific career and is a pure striker. He wouldn't give Mourinho nearly as much flexibility as a player like Rooney. It would make an already delicate balancing act even trickier for the veteran boss.

While Eto'o is a high-profile name, Chelsea have to make transfer decisions based on what players can bring to the squad right now. In his case, it's not nearly as much as he could in his prime.

That's why Chelsea should avoid any pursuit of the Anzhi Makhachkala star and focus on other options before the window closes.