Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o has opened the door for a move to Chelsea after expressing his desire to work under the Blues manager Jose Mourinho.
The 32-year-old has been coached by the Portuguese tactician at Inter Milan, where they won the treble during the 2009/10 season. The striker hailed Chelsea as a "great team" but refused to comment on Mourinho's interest in signing him.
"There is only one Jose Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches - but there is no other character in the game like Jose. He is one of the best coaches in the world - and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan," Eto'o explained.
"I would like to have the chance to play under him again - because it is never boring when Jose is around. Chelsea are a great team. When we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is," he added.
According to the Express, Chelsea are considering Eto'o as a backup, if they fail to land Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United striker has been a priority signing for the former Real Madrid manager and has urged to fight till the end of his signature.
However, the Premier League champions are unwilling to let the England international leave. United have already rejected two bids from Chelsea for Rooney's services as their manager David Moyes is keen to keep the former Everton player at Old Trafford past deadline day.
The report claims that the situation has seen Mourinho turn his attention to former Barcelona striker, who is believed to be available for a bargain price of £5m. Mourinho even tried to sign Eto'o during his first spell at Stamford Bridge and could make an approach for him this summer.
The Cameroon international joined the Russian outfit in 2011 and is one of the highest paid players in the world. Anzhi are facing financial crisis and are looking to offload a few of their players to balance the book. Should Eto'o decides to join the Europa League champions, he may have to take a pay cut to expedite the move.