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Eto’o could be what Chelsea are missing as Anzhi flog stars

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Anzhi Makhachkala's decision to cut their yearly budget by £50 million might not have seemed like a big deal for world football.

However, as a result of their cuts, some of the world's best talents - which the Russian club paid big money for - could well be up for sale this summer. And according to reports from The Express, one of those could well be striker Samuel Eto'o, with the highest-paid player in the world thought to be a transfer target for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

Mourinho is certainly no stranger to Eto'o, having managed him when the pair were at Inter Milan together. And with Eto'o claiming that Mourinho was "a great person and a great coach" back in December 2012, a potential move to West London certainly isn't out of the question.

But does Eto'o - now 32 - still have anything left to give to Chelsea?

Four games into the new Russian Premier League season and Eto'o has already bagged himself two goals from just 11 shots.

The former Barca forward has chalked up double figures in goals scored every year since the 2005/06 season.

However, it's important to note that despite his age, the striker is still moving incredibly well and providing a valuable threat at the top of the attack - as shown in his individual Heat Map from earlier this season.

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Any move to Chelsea would no doubt see him split time with Torres, Ba and Lukaku, but Eto'o would more than likely carry on with his goalscoring traits at the club.

With his vast experience across many of Europe's top leagues, Eto'o is the natural goalscorer and a clinical finisher that Chelsea lacked at times last year.

As Squwaka's Team Comparison shows, Chelsea created far more goalscoring chances than several top teams last season, but they could not turn a high number of those chances into goals.

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And that was the difference for Chelsea last year.

Having Eto'o in the squad wouldn't instantly change that, of course, but his presence would go a long way to improving their conversion rate.

With the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar roaming the midfield, Chelsea are blessed with a slew of creative players that will always provide goalscoring opportunities; they simply need the players capable of taking full advantage of that and turning those chances into goals.

Adding a proven goalscorer and clinical finisher like Eto'o, certainly wouldn't hurt Chelsea's bid to bring the Premier League title back to The Bridge.

From Squawka.com - team and player football stats

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