Eto'o will head to Russia on a €28 million deal, which will see him link up with a number of other superstars who have also been lured away from their respective clubs (including Roberto Carlos, Yuri Zhirkov and Balazs Dzsudzsak).
I think it is right and fair to thank the people who have given me so much in these two fantastic years that I've spent at Inter. First of all, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and most cordial greetings to the president, Mr Massimo Moratti, and to his family for everything they have done and for the way they have helped me and those dearest to me. I will always feel a special bond with Mr Moratti for the respect and the affection that he has shown me in these marvellous years.
Then there are all my team-mates: I'm aware that without their encouragement and help on the pitch Inter wouldn't have achieved so many important victories on a national and international level. A very special thank you, also, to all the Italian and foreign footballers who have enabled me to become a better player game after game.
A sincere thank you to the coaches who have been at Inter in these years and especially to Mr Jose Mourinho, who was so determined to have me at this club, for the opportunity he gave me by bringing me to Milan.
A fond farewell also to technical director Marco Branca, sporting director Piero Ausilio, team manager Andrea Butti and all the staff at F.C. Internazionale and at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in Appiano Gentile: doctors and physios, helpers, chefs and waiters, kit men and gardeners, and everyone who works at Inter Channel.
I will never forget the affection of the Inter fans (Mauro is the greatest of them all) who made me feel like one of them and who always supported and helped me. Nor will I forget all the journalists I've had the pleasure of meeting.
I also feel I should thank my Italian 'mamma', Ciacia Guzzetti, for her help and my fantastic manager, Claudio Vigorelli, for his commitment and professionalism.
Thanks to a man who is an Interista through and through, Marco Materazzi, for making me feel 'Italian'. Thanks big bro.
In the hope that I haven't forgotten anyone, thanks again to every one of you!
The former Barcelona player is just 30 years old and still has a lot of football left in him. During his time at Inter, he won the Serie A, Coppa Nazionale and Champions League—he will surely be sorely missed.
The €28 million fee paid for Eto'o was perhaps well above his market price, and for Inter, it will prove to be a much-needed cash injection for their hunt for a replacement forward.
With Tevez, Forlan and Lavezzi in the mix, don't count Inter out just yet.