Samuel Eto’o is reportedly keen on making a move to Arsenal in the summer to take revenge on Jose Mourinho for his comments about his age, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The 33 year old scored 9 goals in the league this season in 21 appearances, including a hat trick against Manchester United. He was also the most prolific of the 3 Chelsea strikers.
The report states that the Cameroon international wants to join Arsenal this summer, and his representatives have made overtures to Arsenal to alert them about the striker’s availability as a free agent. They have made it clear that Eto’o wants to be playing at the Emirates next season, and that that is his number 1 priority.
The Gunners are in the market for a striker, and are also keeping a close eye on Real Madrid front man, Alvaro Morata, and Queens Park Rangers striker, Loic Remy, as backup for Olivier Giroud. But as a free agent, Eto’o would obviously be a cheaper option.
Mourinho earlier in the season criticised Eto’o for his profligacy in front of goal, and quipped about his age. Chelsea reportedly wanted to extend his contract but the striker was deeply hurt with the comments, and refused to succumb. He is now a free agent with lucrative offers from the MLS and the Middle East coming in, but it seems he wants to stay in England.
His lightning quick pace has slowed down and his instincts have dimmed slightly. He would however, bring great experience to Arsenal’s squad, and could prove to be a useful back-up to our French front man. Wenger is expected to spend big on a new forward, but the experienced striker would help bolster attacking options that are currently limited.
His play may be lacking the sharpness that has defined his career, but he can still score goals. There won’t be many free agents of his quality lurking around this summer, so should Wenger take a punt on an individual who appears hungry for future success?
A move to the Gunners would suit both parties, and I think Arsenal might be happy to pay hefty wages if it meant not having to stump up a transfer fee to go with it. Signing Eto’o on a free transfer may add a lot of value to the squad, especially with the experience he brings into the team.
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