Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o will completed a big-money move to Anzhi Makhachkala this week, according to Italian press.
The protracted transfer saga between Inter Milan and the Russians is due to be tied up with a fee of around 20-30 million euros being agreed and Eto'o signing a deal worth 15-20 million euros a season.
Italian press say Eto'o will undergo a medical at a clinic in Rome on Thursday with the official announcement of his signing set for Friday.
However, the 30-year-old trained with Inter on Tuesday as Italian media reported that the two clubs are still thrashing out an agreement.
Eto'o is the most decorated player in African history having won the Champions League three times, twice with Barcelona and once with Inter.
The four-time African player of the year also won three league titles with Barca and one with Inter while with Cameroon he has twice won the African Cup of Nations.
He began his career with Real Madrid before having loan spells with Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca, whom he then joined permanently.
He helped Mallorca to a Copa del Rey victory in 2003, earning a move to Barca the next year.
He joined Inter in 2009 in a swap deal involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the Italians also receiving 50 million euros.
Anzhi have only had one full season back in the Russian top flight but have become a major player since they were bought by Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, who has poured money into the club.
Despite the dangers in Dagestan, where a low-level Islamic insurgency has made the republic very unstable, Anzhi have already managed to attract the likes of Roberto Carlos and Yuri Zhirkov.
They play their home matches in Makhachkala but the players live and train in Moscow for security reasons.