Friday, 17 July 2009

[Mercato] Inter & Barca agree Ibra-Eto'o swap

Inter have reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona to swap Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Samuel Eto'o.

Samuel Eto'o & Zlatan IbrahimovicReports suggest Barca will pay about 40million euros plus 28-year-old Eto'o in return for Ibrahimovic.

In addition, Belarusian midfielder Alexander Hleb will spend a season on loan at the San Siro with an option to buy at the end of the season.

"There is an agreement in principle with Inter," said Barca President Joan Laporta, who met his Inter counterpart Massimo Moratti in Milan on Thursday.

"Ibrahimovic's signing depends on the player himself, on Samuel Eto'o and all the parties involved."

Cameroon international Eto'o has scored more than 100 goals in five seasons at the Nou Camp but has been regularly linked with moves away from the club and is out of contract next summer.

Since signing for Inter from Juventus following the Turin side's demotion to Serie B in 2006, Ibrahimovic has become one of the most prized strikers in Europe.

The 27-year-old Swede was top scorer in Serie A last season and has reportedly attracted attention from Real Madrid and Manchester United as well as European champions Barca.

Inter supremo Moratti revealed earlier on Friday that he had been locked in talks regarding player movement between the two clubs for the past week with the two club's having done business once already this summer with Brazilian left-back Maxwell moving to Spain for 5million euros.

Source: BBC Sport

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