Chelsea FC are close to completing their move for Anzhi forward Samuel Eto’o and Porto winger Christian Atsu after conceding defeat in their pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Earlier Jose Mourinho has publicly stated his desire about Wayne Rooney and how the England international is their only remaining transfer target this summer. But having failed with two bids for the Manchester United striker, Chelsea earmarked Samuel Eto’o as their back up option in case their third and final bid for Rooney is rejected as well.
Mourinho had given a 48-hour deadline to Wayne Rooney in order to force through a move to Stamford Bridge, before they look at other targets. But the Englishman has decided not to hand over a transfer request and the Chelsea manager is now resigned to the fact that Rooney will stay United this season. The reigning Premier League champions are also expected to hand over a new contract to Rooney, ending all speculations about his future.
Rooney’s decision has left Chelsea with no choice but to make their move for Anzhi striker Samuel Eto’o, who joined the Russian club back in 2011 to become the highest paid footballer in the world. The Cameroonian striker is one of the most prolific strikers to have played this game in the last decade and even at 32, he surely has a lot of contribute. Anzhi are currently a club in financial turmoil. Their owner has put up most of the star players for sale, including the former Barcelona striker. Napoli, Inter and Tottenham were linked with Eto’o in a cut price deal, Chelsea was always his preferred destination, mostly due to their new manager Jose Mourinho. Eto’o has won two Champions League title in his career and the last of the duo came under Jose Mourinho at Inter. The striker has a fantastic relation with the Chelsea manager and would like to work under him once again.
Reports suggest that Eto’o is expected to have his medical at London today before signing a one-year contract with the club – subject to work permit clearance. The deal will cost Chelsea £10m – £4m is the transfer fee, while Eto’o will earn £6m in wage, which will include performance bonuses based on goals, appearances and Champions League progress.
Eto’o could be a brilliant short term solution for Chelsea woes upfront, but it is also sure to raise some question marks about the immediate future of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. Ba has been linked with a move away from the club and Newcastle are reportedly look to re-sign him in a cut price deal.
Chelsea’s spending spree won’t stop after signing Eto’, in fact they are also close to finalising their move for Porto winger Christian Atsu. Reports suggest that Chelsea and Porto have reached an agreement over the sale of the Ghanaian international for a fee of £3.5m. He was in London last night to discuss personal terms with the Blues. But the 21-year-old will not make an immediate impact in the first team and is expected to be loaned out to the Porto for this season. But the question remains – did Chelsea need another wide attacker, especially after completing the signing of Willian yesterday?
This will once again fuel the speculations linking Juan Mata with a move away from the club with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham being linked with the Spaniard. There are also rumours about Victor Moses being loaned out from the club as he is unlikely to get any first team action this season. After a relatively slow start in the transfer market, Chelsea are finishing the summer strongly, but it will be interesting to see how Mourinho manages all these attacking players in the squad and keeps them happy.