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切尔西花费千万英镑引进巴塞罗那前锋

2006-02-15 00:00张海山,CRI

    Chelsea have identified Samuel Eto'o as a priority transfer target for the summer. It is understood that Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich covets the Barcelona striker as a player capable of producing the pulse-quickening football he craves for Stamford Bridge.

    To that end, a scout was sent to the African Nations Cup with instructions to observe the Cameroon striker's progress at the tournament. Eto'o, a two-time African footballer of the year, returned as the competition's leading scorer with five goals in four matches.

    A source from the coterie of agents who deal with the player's contractual and commercial interests revealed that a ?30m offer had been prepared by Chelsea during last month's transfer window, though Barcelona's director of football, Txiki Beguiristain, insisted it was never formally conveyed. Nevertheless, it is strongly rumoured in Catalonia that one of the four most highly regarded attacking players at the Camp Nou - Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Eto'o and Deco - will be sold this summer.

    Barcelona have made Thierry Henry their principal target for the next transfer window. The Arsenal striker has still yet to commit to the ?30m-plus, five-year contract believed to have been offered by the Highbury board. Should he accede to Barcelona's overtures, Henry's switch this summer - one for which Arsenal could be expected to demand around ?15m - could comfortably be funded by Eto'o's departure.

    The news of Chelsea's interest in the 24-year-old Eto'o emerges little more than a week before he faces the Premiership champions in next Wednesday's Champions League fixture at Stamford Bridge. The last match in which the two clubs met at the venue, which produced a 4-2 Champions League quarter-final win for Chelsea last season, ended in enmity, with Eto'o making allegations that he had been racially abused by a Chelsea steward.

    There were clashes in the players' tunnel that led to accusations that Eto'o had spat at a member of Chelsea's ground staff. The question of whether Eto'o can nevertheless be persuaded to play at Chelsea could be made more palatable for the player by the personal terms on offer. His Camp Nou salary of ?60,000 per week is less than half of the ?158,000 per week his team-mate Ronaldinho currently earns, a figure that would make a transfer offer for the world footballer of the year prohibitive even for Chelsea.

    Meanwhile lawyers for the Chelsea target John Obi Mikel yesterday appealed against the verdict of the Oslo city court that it has no jurisdiction in his contract wrangle involving Lyn Oslo and Manchester United. Mikel, who won the best emerging player award at the African Nations Cup with Nigeria, lodged his appeal against the ruling, which also ordered him to pay costs, with a higher legal authority in Norway.

    With the midfielder not playing club football while he disputes the legality of two separate contracts Lyn and United hold with him - if it had been upheld, the latter would have seen him move to Old Trafford last month - it is hoped that the appeal will be heard within weeks. If successful, the matter will return to the Oslo city court for its consideration.

    United have left the way open for Chelsea to pursue their interest in the American teenager Freddy Adu by making it clear they have no interest in him. The club are reluctant to take on Chelsea in terms of financial muscle but, most importantly, Sir Alex Ferguson has reservations about whether Adu will live up to the hype he has attracted since he was 14.

    Adu, 16, is playing for DC United in Major League Soccer, and Chelsea have had negotiations about adding him to their payroll. Old Trafford scouts have also been monitoring his progress but Ferguson said: "We are not interested in Adu. We watched him as a youngster, but there is no interest in him at the moment."



    一贯在球员转会市场有“大手笔”的英超切尔西队目前已经将效力于西班牙巴塞罗那队的喀麦隆籍前锋埃托奥锁定为今夏新的球员转会目标。

    据英国《卫报》14日报道,切尔西俱乐部老板、俄罗斯大亨阿布拉莫维奇已经为曾两度获得“非洲足球先生”称号的埃托奥准备好了3000万英镑的巨资。此外,不久前切尔西俱乐部还专门派人前往非洲国家杯观察埃托奥在比赛中的表现。埃托奥的表现也的确令人信服,在代表喀麦隆参加的4场比赛中,埃托奥一共有4球进帐,荣膺非洲国家杯最佳射手。

    据知情人士透露,切尔西俱乐部对埃托奥的兴趣由来已久。早在今年1月冬季球员转会期内,切尔西就已经为引进这名非洲球员准备好了3000万英镑,但巴萨方面表示当时并没有收到切尔西方面转来的正式请求。不管怎样,现在广为流传的是,巴塞罗那队4大攻击型球员,即罗纳尔迪尼奥、梅西、埃托奥和德科中的一人,今年夏天将肯定被出售。巴塞罗那队夏季球员转会目标据传为英超阿森纳队的法国前锋亨利。据悉亨利的转会费估计为1500万英镑,这笔钱巴塞罗那队可以很容易地通过出售埃托奥而获得。

    耐人寻味的是,下周三切尔西队就将坐镇斯坦福桥迎战欧洲冠军联赛淘汰赛阶段的第一个对手巴塞罗那队。因此此时此刻出现切尔西有意购买巴萨球员的消息不能不让人浮想联翩。上一次两队在欧洲冠军联赛中交手还要追溯到上个赛季。当时在四分之一比赛中,切尔西队最终4:2胜出,将巴塞罗那队淘汰出局。由于埃托奥的原因,当时两队球员还发生了肢体冲突。

    虽然有着不愉快的经历,但埃托奥来切尔西效力并非没有可能。其关键之处就在于个人合同条款,目前埃托奥在巴塞罗那队的周薪只有6万英镑,还不及罗纳尔迪尼奥周薪15.8万英镑的一半。

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