Updates from Friday, Aug. 1
The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reports:
West Ham have opened talks with Samuel Eto'o over a shock move for the veteran striker.
Sportsmail understands the former Chelsea striker's agent Claudio Vigarelli held face-to-face talks with manager Sam Allardyce in London on Wednesday.
Updates from Monday, July 28
West Ham are the latest club linked with Samuel Eto'o, who might be the man to solve Sam Allardyce's striking problems.
The Daily Mail's Simon Jones reports:
Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has been offered to West Ham but the 33-year-old is understood to want £100,000 a week.
Updates from Thursday, July 24
Samuel Eto'o has two very different options on the table, with QPR and Juventus both reportedly keen to acquire his services.
Gianluca Di Marzio claims Juventus want Eto'o to fill the gap left by Alvaro Morata's recent injury. Enrico Passarella provides the translation:
After Morata’s injury, Juventus target Eto’o. They made an inquiry, he could be the right profile to tackle the European challenge. Juventus are thinking seriously about signing the Cameroonian striker. They offered a one-year contract, Eto’o ponders. The club is waiting for an answer in order to plan the future.
However, the Mirror's John Cross suggests QPR may be in the driving seat as Eto'o's representatives head for the capital:
The 34-year-old's agent, Claudio Vigorelli, is flying to London to try to thrash out an agreement.
Wages could be a stumbling block though - it will be down to Eto'o to fall into line with QPR's pay structure for an agreement to happen.
The Cameroon international is keen to stay in London after his year down the road at Stamford Bridge, which ended on a sour note after Jose Mourinho questioned his age.
Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has revealed that he’s spoilt for choice on his next domestic destination, having left Stamford Bridge after a season to forget.
Scoring just nine Premier League goals for the Blues, per WhoScored.com, it’s difficult to imagine teams from all four corners chasing his signature, but that’s what the man himself has said via Twitter:
Italy? Spain? France? UK? Turkey? USA?????— Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) July 2, 2014
But I love USA though...— Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) July 2, 2014
Now in the winter of his career, switching to the MLS wouldn’t be the most ludicrous decision that Eto’o has ever made, and it almost seems appropriate with several other big names also heading to the States.
However, reports in Italy are suggesting that the 33-year-old will be heading to Turkey next season, with Galatasaray leading the chase for his signature, as per Gazzetta dello Sport (via Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star).
Turrell reports that the Turkish giants will offer Eto’o a one-year deal worth £3 million to make the switch to Istanbul, with Champions League football next term acting as the lure.
However, with the Cameroon international’s heart leaning toward a move to the U.S., Eto’o could well be Stateside in the coming months as retirement from the game looms large.
One man that doesn’t think Eto’o’s career is finished, though, is Cameroon coach Volker Finke, who said that the former Barcelona man could play a part in the 2018 World Cup, as per The Guardian:
I know he wants to continue two, three years maybe four, which would take him to the next World Cup. He needs maybe two or three weeks to be fully fit. Without the knee injury he is a physically fit player and he has two or three good years in him.
Eto’o’s age was famously questioned by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, but Finke seems to believe that the four-time African Footballer of the Year can still cut it at the highest level for years to come.
To do so, he’ll need to stay at the top of the European game and continue to get game time under his belt, or the 2018 tournament will be even more of a distant dream—making the switch to Galatasaray that bit more probable.
Though Eto’o failed to make an impression at Stamford Bridge, west London certainly made an impression on him, as he revealed via Twitter:
One of the game’s true legends, Eto’o will need to severely improve his form wherever he plays his football next season or retirement may be a lot closer than both he and Finke think.
He proved in rare glimpses that he’s still a striker to be feared during his time with the Blues—the hat-trick against Arsenal springs to mind—but it seems that the next club shirt that Eto’o puts on could well be his last.