Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala has announced a deal with Inter Milan for Samuel Eto'o that should make the Cameroon striker the highest paid footballer in the world.

An announcement on Anzhi's website said: ''Today an agreement was reached between the football clubs, Anzhi and Inter, for the transfer of Samuel Eto'o. The terms of the transfer are completely (agreed) on both sides.''

Anzhi said it will give Eto'o a three-year contract, which is expected to be worth ?20 million ($29 million) net per season, eclipsing the estimated ?12 million ($17.4 million) that Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Real Madrid and the ?10.5 million ($15.2 million) that Lionel Messi is paid by Barcelona.

After a week of negotiations in Milan, the transfer fee was reportedly set between ?25 and ?27 million ($36 and $39 million).