The Blues found their striker today, confirming that they've captured former Barcelona, Inter, and Anzhi man Samuel Eto'o on a one-year deal. With the pursuit of Wayne Rooney going nowhere, the Blues turned to the firesale in Russia to grab Eto'o for next to nothing. It sounds as if Eto'o was allowed to leave for nothing except salary relief, and was willing to take a hefty discount to reunite with Jose Mourinho.
While Eto'o certainly wasn't first choice, I have a hard time finding anything not to like about this move. Roughly seven million pounds on a one-year deal is a drop in the bucket for the Blues, and leaves them free to pursue other options again next summer. With FFP enforcement theoretically beginning next year, there may be some interesting options available. There's also the possibility that we go back in for Wayne Rooney, who would be in the final year of his deal.
For the current Blues, this move likely means that Demba Ba is destined to spend the season elsewhere. Whether that's on loan or on a permanent basis is yet to be seen, but I'm sure we'll know within the next week or so.