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Samuel Eto’o close to completing Chelsea move

Aug 28, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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With Chelsea already having an agonizingly gigantic roster of attacking players, Jose Mourinho is apparently very close to adding another.

A number of different reports, including Sky’s Pete O’Rourke and Sky Italia’s Tancredi Palmeri, the soon-to-be-former world’s highest-paid player is in London and will be having his medical tomorrow.

When he signs his contract, he will no longer own the most valuable contract in the soccer world, and Lionel Messi will take over that spot.

Palmeri tweeted all the specifics of the deal as he understands them. It is a one-year deal with an option for a second, and it is worth €6 million ($8 million) for the one year.

The Cameroonian striker once led Jose Mourinho’s Inter squad to its famed treble in 2010 before making his big-money move to Russia the following year. Anzhi Makhachkala made him the highest-paid player in the world, something few argued at the time.

Anzhi have since found themselves in horrible financial trouble due to some major debts owed by their owner, so a firesale is under way, with Eto’o part of that umbrella.  In fact, Palmeri reported that Anzhi is actually paying Eto’o €3 million ($4 million) as a buyout to send him on his way.  The move comes on the heels of his Anzhi teammate Willian having already completed his move to Stamford Bridge as well.

  1. mianfr - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    In all honesty, why isn’t he just taking the $36M and staying in Chechnya?

    Winning is great and London (specifically Chelsea) is a much better all-around situation, but… That’s $30M you’re just leaving out there…

  2. phillyblues - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Who else is going to be playing with him if he stays?

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