Former Inter striker’s agent admits possible return
Former Inter striker Samuel Eto’o may be donning the Nerazzurri jersey again very soon.
Eto’o, who won the treble with Inter in 2010, was sold in 2011 to newly-rich Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala that saw him become football’s highest earner on a €20 million per year wage packet, but is now on the market after billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov abruptly withdrew financing for the Dagestan-based club.
The 32-year-old Cameroonian international’s agent has confirmed that his client’s former club, as well as Chelsea and several other Serie A sides have expressed interest in bringing him back to Western Europe before the end of this summer’s transfer window.
“[The issue with] Chelsea was that they have a policy of not signing players over 30,” agent Claudio Vigorelli stated to Il Giornale.
“I spoke with Jose [Mourinho], and while he was willing to offer him a one-year contract, their primary transfer target is Wayne Rooney, so that’s not going to be an option for us.
“Although Samuel is very fond of Inter, football is uncertain. For instance, if they win against Genoa tomorrow, then they might forget about signing him, so it’s a tricky situation.
“And then there’s the issue of the economy. A lot of clubs are not willing to pay €8 million or even €5m per season [anymore].”
The striker’s representative also admitted to holding talks with both Roma and Napoli, but described both as casual chats rather than any sort of detailed negotiations.
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