Chelsea step up for Eto'o

Florent Malouda could move to Barca.Chelsea are ready to dispense with Florent Malouda and US$44 million in order to land Barcelona's Samuel Eto’o.

The Cameroonian front man who boasts the best minutes: goal ratio of all La Liga front men last season, has been deemed to be surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp and is seeking a move elsewhere.

Despite being available for a move, it was reported that the deadly striker’s wage demands were putting off interest from clubs but according to The Sun, West London outfit Chelsea are now ready to reignite their interest in Eto’o.

The paper claims that Chelsea are aiming to draft in a replacement for the departing Didier Drogba and are ready to use out-of-favour winger Florent Malouda as a sweetener along with a staggering US$44 million to prise the Barca striker.

Barcelona’s technical secretary Txiki Begiristain is said to be an admirer of Malouda but the possible move of Russian Andrei Arshavin to the Nou Camp could disrupt Malouda’s arrival.

By Mohd Sham (