Russian club Anzhi announces deal for Eto’o

Samuel Eto’o is leaving Inter Milan for Russian club Anzhi

Makhachkala in a deal that likely will make the Cameroon striker

the world’s highest-paid soccer player.

Eto’o will be given a three-year contract if he passes a

physical scheduled for Wednesday, the Russian team said on its

website Tuesday.

”Today an agreement was reached between the football clubs

Anzhi and Inter for the transfer of Samuel Eto’o. The terms of the

transfer fully suited both sides,” Anzhi’s statement said.

While financial terms were not disclosed, Eto’o is expected to

be paid $29 million net per season, eclipsing the estimated $17.4

million that Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Real Madrid and the $15.2

million that Lionel Messi is paid by Barcelona.

After a week of negotiations in Milan, the transfer fee was

reportedly set between $36 million and $39 million.

The 30-year-old Eto’o has won three Champions League titles –

two with Barcelona and one with Inter. He is expected to join his

new club Thursday to prepare for a match against FC Rostov.

Inter did not make a formal announcement.

”Tomorrow the deal will be formalized,” Inter sporting

director Piero Ausilio said, according to the ANSA news agency.

Anzhi, from the troubled southern Russian province of Dagestan,

is owned by billionaire oil tycoon Suleiman Kerimov.

In Forbes magazine’s latest list of the world’s richest people,

Kerimov’s net worth was estimated at $7.8 billion, tying him for

118th place with Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and family.

Makhachkala is plagued by violence stemming from two separatist

wars in Dagestan’s neighboring region of Chechnya.

Anzhi players live and train at a training camp outside Moscow

and travel to Makhachkala for home games, flying about 1,250 miles

15 times a season.

Anzhi’s captain is 38-year-old Roberto Carlos, once the standout

left back for Brazil.

Inter opens the Serie A season against Lecce on Sunday.

Eto’o led Inter with 37 goals in all competitions last season,

having replaced Milito as the club’s biggest scoring threat. He was

a key member of the Inter side that won the Champions League in

2010, often accepting an attacking midfield or defensive role for

then-Inter coach Jose Mourinho.

Before joining Inter in 2009, Eto’o played five seasons with

Barcelona.