The transfer of Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o to Russian football club Anzhi Makhachkala may become a reality as early as Monday, Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport news agency said on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Cameroonian was reported to have agreed to personal terms on Wednesday, but talks broke down Thursday with the clubs 6 million euros apart in their valuation of the player.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a verbal agreement between the clubs has been met and on Monday, or Tuesday at the latest, Anzhi must send a fax to Milan with an official offer on Eto’o.
The anticipated offering price for Eto’o is 20.5 million euros per season, according to the Italian agency.
Eto’o stands to become one of world sport’s highest earners if the deal goes through, with Italian media reporting a 60 million euro, three-year deal on the table.
Inter president Massimo Moratti said earlier that he had no choice but to sell Eto’o to balance the club’s books, and that Anzhi’s offer was too good to turn down.