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Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:50

Samuel Eto’o moving to Chelsea

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It has been reported that Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are set to sign Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o for one year, after Wayne Rooney’s reluctance to submit a transfer request to move away from Old Trafford.

It is quite clear that the Chelsea manager does not really fancy his present strike force at The Bridge and I am betting a seasoned veteran like the 32 year old Cameroon will be a welcome addition to The Blues squad. Jose has worked with the striker before at Inter Milan and in their first year of together won the Champions League.

Samuel Eto’o should be exactly what Jose Mourinho is looking for, an accomplished player with all the experience required to excel in the English Premier League. He is a four time African Footballer of the Year, winning the Champions League and Spanish League on several occasions, as well as winning the African Nations Cup in 2002. Lately the striker has been playing for the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, with 36 goals in 71 appearances last season. This is the type of strike rate that Chelsea needs to challenge for the Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho has been using the last days of the transfer window to make sure that his squad is well equipped to launch a realistic campaign to regain the Premier League that his owner Roman Abramovich demands from his club. Mourinho is another person who will not be satisfied with being runner-up and is accustomed to winning, so it will be interesting to see how he uses the squad he already and who else he adds, to make it all work.

Paddypower now have Manchester City and Chelsea joint favourites to win the Premier League Outright. Both teams are priced at 21/10, with Manchester United 13/5. It does seem that punters and bookmakers are beginning to see that it is not just about the ‘Mourinho factor’, but there are steps being taken to ensure that the squad has enough talent to support the Mourinho magic and tactical genius. Whether Jose can do the unthinkable and win the league in his first season back, remains to be seen - but one thing is for certain it is going to be ten times more exciting than last year!