Manchester United Transfer News: Samuel Eto'o Interest Makes Little Sense

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - AUGUST 17: Konstantin Zyryanov of FC Zenit St. Petersburg (L) and Samuel Eto'o of FC Anji Makhachkala vie for the ball during the Russian Football League Championship match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Anzhi Makhachkala at the Petrovsky stadium on August 17, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Without question, the biggest need at Manchester United is a midfielder to pair with Michael Carrick, one that can play box-to-box, possesses a creative flair and has  the ability to pick apart a defense with incisive passing. 

And that's why the Red Devils are being linked with striker Samuel Eto'o

Wait, what?

All shall be revealed, my friendseven if it doesn't necessarily make that much sense oncewhen you learn why the Red Devils have an interest in Eto'o.

From ESPN:

Claudio Vigorelli, who represents the Cameroonian, revealed to Italy's Sportmediaset TV that three clubs currently come into question for the 32-year-old. Former side Inter Milan are one of them, although they will have to take their place in line behind Chelsea and United.

Vigorelli is reported to be touting his client to Chelsea, where he would link up with his former coach Jose Mourinho, who guided the side to the 2010 Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League Treble. A move to London hinges on whether or not United striker Wayne Rooney arrives at Stamford Bridge.

Should Rooney move to Chelsea, United would then emerge as the frontrunners for Eto'o's services. If a switch to United fail to materialise for Eto'o, then Inter would be next up.

Even if Rooney is sold to Chelsea—and the odds of that seem really low—does he really need to be replaced?

United already have two true strikers in Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez, a versatile forward in Danny Welbeck and a traditional No. 10 in Shinji Kagawa, who would surely reprise Rooney's role with the team. 

Obviously, adding Eto'o for depth wouldn't hurt the Red Devils. But aren't there bigger needs at United? Wouldn't Red Devils' fans rather see a midfielder like Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil or Marouane Fellaini added to the squadESPN reports that Manchester United have been linked to all three of those players.

In fact, even without Rooney, the one area United doesn't seem to need any reinforcements is in the attack, with players like Wilfried Zaha, Nani and Antonio Valencia available out wide. The Red Devils showed how potent that offense was against Swansea City, winning 4-1. 

And if United were to add a midfielder like Ozil or Fellaini, they could also play the No. 10—in fact, that's where Ozil prefers to do his work—again making the prospect of landing Eto'o a bit puzzling. 

Eto'o hasn't exactly set the world on fire in the past two seasons, scoring 15 goals in 29 appearances over that span for Anzhi Makhachkala. His best years are surely behind him, and it's hard to see him earning a ton of minutes for the Red Devils.

In other words, this particular buzz doesn't make much sense. It likely won't come to fruition, as Rooney seems unlikely to leave Manchester United, but if he does leave there are still more logical additions than Eto'o.


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