Italian football heavyweight Inter Milan has agreed that Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o is set to leave the Italian club and will now be playing for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
Inter’s CEO Ernesto Paolillo has confirmed the news and has said that the Cameroon international will leave this season. The Italian club previously said that it is trying to sell of its players in a bid to cut down on its deficits.
The confirmation from the CEO arrived just after president Massimo Moratti said a deal was still being worked on. Eto'o's agent Claudio Vigorelli also said the transfer was almost complete.
The expected fee for the player is thought to be set around with Eto’o receiving a salary of about £18 million ($29 million), according to a Goal.com report.
Inter’s Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder is thought to be next in line to leave Inter after Eto'o for EPL champions Manchester United. Sneijder was previously rumored to have made a £31 million ($51 million) move to rival club Manchester City.
Both Manchester City and Inter Milan, however, have denied the bidding and any talks regarding a proposed move to the Premier League for Sneijder.
If Sneijder moves to Manchester United, he will become the highest paid player in the club at £5 million ($8 million) a year.
Wesley Sneijder was signed by Inter Milan in 2009 from Real Madrid for a reported fee of €15 million ($21 million). Sneijder scored his first goal in the 92nd minute against Udinese in a 2–1 win, which was the decisive goal of the game.
The Dutchman, a reputed dead-ball specialist, has appeared 51 times for Inter Milan and has scored eight times, and has made 76 international appearances for the Dutch national team and has managed to find the back of the net 21 times.