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Samuel Eto’o could find himself in England, Italy or the U.S.

Aug 12, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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With Anzhi Makhachkala committed to downsizing after their owner had a spot of financial trouble, it seems almost certain that Samuel Eto’o will be the first to go. Sure, Anzhi have said that they’re not desperate to sell their high earners right away, but with Eto’o reportedly making €17m per season, the Russian side will surely be looking to offload their star striker.

Since the announcement about Anzhi’s cost-cutting measures, the Cameroonian’s agent has been quite busy. Over the weekend, Claudio Vigorelli made sure to mention that his client believed it would be an honor to play for Napoli — convenient, as the Italian side still holds plenty of the money made from the transfer of Edinson Cavani, and Rafa Benitez has made it clear that he is still on the lookout for another striker. Also in Italy, former club Internazionale and crosstown rivals AC Milan are reportedly interested in bringing Eto’o back to the peninsula.

Then on Monday morning came the faint whisper that the LA Galaxy are interested in signing Eto’o, a move that would only be possible if Anzhi were to significantly reduce his price. While the Russian side surely can’t believe they’ll be able to recoup the €30+ spent to bring Eto’o to their side, it’s also unlikely that they’ll bargain down to a fee acceptable for the MLS side.

Which leaves us with Chelsea, where the striker’s former boss is now in charge. Under Jose Mourinho while at Inter, Eto’o seems keen on a reunion, with the striker himself speaking about his desire to play for the Blues. Eto’o called Mourinho one of the best coaches in the game, and said it was “never boring” to play under the Portuguese tactician. Should Chelsea miss out on Wayne Rooney, the Cameroonian just might be an option, but don’t forget he’s 32 years old, expensive, and has never played in the Premier League.

  1. dfstell - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    As a Galaxy fan, this had be kinda excited at first, but striker isn’t really where they need help. All it would mean is pushing Donovan out of position. The last season has shown us that he should really just be played up top. Just because he is versatile enough to play on the wing doesn’t mean he should.

  2. jpan007 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Come to MLS

  3. randomhookup - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Hasn’t the MLS transfer window closed for players who aren’t moving on a free transfer?

    • talgrath - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Yes, though it is possible FIFA might grant an exemption, I find it unlikely that the Galaxy were actually looking to pick him up. They have two star strikers in Keane and Donovan with a great understanding, if they don’t make Gonzalez a DP I would expect them to look for midfield support.

  4. randomhookup - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Isn’t that more of an MLS rule rather than a FIFA one? I also don’t see MLS doing any favors to a rich club in light of how enraged some folks got over the Dempsey “allocation.”

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