Chelsea face battle for superstar striker

Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi Makhachkala)Chelsea will have to fight off interest from Real Madrid if they are to secure a deal for Samuel Eto’o, according to reports from The Express.

The Blues have been linked with the Cameroonian ace over the course of the past few weeks after it emerged that Anzhi Makhachkala have transfer listed their entire star-studded first-team squad in a bid to slash their extravagant spending.

Eto’o – the highest paid player on the planet – is one of the names that will have to be offloaded, and speculation suggests that he is available for as little as £5million.

Blues chief Jose Mourinho – who worked with the striker at Inter Milan – is thought to be open to a reunion with the player, but now Real are also in the fight.

The Spaniards are believed to bracing themselves for an offer from Arsenal for Karim Benzema and are keen to line up a replacement.

Eto’o – who used to play for their fierce rivals Barcelona – is said to be on their wishlist, due to his experience and proven goalscoring record.

Carlo Ancelotti believes that the 32-year-old would be a more than adequate short-term replacement for Benzema, and a deal could also free up funds for their pursuit of Gareth Bale.

Chelsea are thought to see Eto’s as the perfect alternative should their move for Wayne Rooney collapse.

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