Serie A - Eto'o set to move to Anzhi

Tue, 23 Aug 17:35:00 2011

Samuel Eto'o is set to become the highest-paid player in football history after Internazionale agreed terms on his transfer to Anzhi Makhachkala.

Serie A - Eto'o to join Anzhi

The striker is set to earn a reported 25 million euros per year (£21.8m), sending him well clear of multi-millionaire stars such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero.

No fee has been reported, but several reports claim that the Russian side will pay £26m for the Cameroon international.

He is due for a medical on Wednesday in Makachkala, in the troubled southern Russian region of Dagestan, and will sign a three-year contract.

A statement on the Russian club's official website read: "Today an agreement was reached between the football clubs, Anzhi and Inter, for the transfer of Samuel Eto'o. The terms of the transfer are completely agreed on both sides.

"Anzhi expresses gratitude to the leadership of Inter Milan for their professional and constructive approach in the negotiations."

Anzhi are owned by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and have made an impressive recruitment spree, bringing in stars such as Brazil legend Roberto Carlos and ex-Chelsea winger Yuri Zhirkov.

Eto'o, 30, won two Champions League titles with Barcelona before joining Inter in 2009. He won a Serie A, Italian Cup and Champions League treble in his first season in Italy.

Anzhi, who also boast Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos and former Chelsea midfielder Yuri Zhirkov, said Eto'o could make his league debut this weekend.

"Samuel should arrive on Thursday to begin preparation for our league match at Rostov," said Anzhi who play their home games in Makhachkala but train near Moscow.

Anzhi general director German Chistyakov dismissed media reports Eto'o would live in Milan and only travel to Makhachkala for home matches.

"This is nonsense," Chistyakov said. "Samuel will live in Moscow after he selects a place for himself and his family."

He added Eto'o would be presented to the fans before Anzhi's next home match against Volga Nizhny Novgorod on September 11.

Reuters

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