A deal for Barcelona to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been agreed, and all that is missing for the transfer to become official is for Samuel Eto'o to give his okay to move the other way...
El Mundo Deportivo state that days of negotiating have produced an agreement that would see the Italian outfit receive €10 million plus the services of the Cameroonian striker.
That is a lot lower than Inter president Massimo Moratti is reported to have wanted when he dined in Barcelona with Blaugrana chief Joan Laporta last week, when he asked for Eto'o and €40m.
Ibrahimovic is keen to make the transfer because he believes that he will have more chance of winning the Champions League at Camp Nou than he would if he stays at the San Siro, the report claims.
On the flip side, Eto'o will only make the move simple if his wage demands are met and Inter may him the €65m over five seasons that he is believed to have asked for.
During talks with Barcelona on Monday, Eto'o's representative did not reach an agreement with the club to stay or go and that has left his next move up in the air.
Last summer coach Pep Guardiola told the former Real Mallorca star on his list that he was not wanted and could leave along with Deco and Ronaldinho, but the player was transformed in pre-season training and earned his place in the squad.
That move paid dividends, but the new trainer was alleged to have been considering looking for a player with Ibrahimovic's physique to lead his front line and he may now have landed him.
Laporta has stated that he would keep Eto'o if it was down to him, but he was full of praise for what Ronaldinho had done for the club in the months leading up to his departure.
Journalists in Catalunya have been surprised by the lack of movement at Camp Nou so far this summer, given that last term the club moved quickly to wrap up their activity before the main holidays.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com