Barcelona President Joan Laporta Called Samuel Eto'o 'Strange', Says Massimo Moratti

The powerbrokers met to discuss a possible swap deal involving Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Laporta levelled criticism at the Cameroon international...
Barcelona President Joan Laporta has labelled Samuel Eto'o a 'strange character' at his meeting with Internazionale owner Massimo Moratti, according to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The pair had reportedly been discussing a potential swap deal involving Eto'o and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, following initial investigations by the Spanish club into the Swede's potential availability.

Moratti commented to Laporta that despite the perception of Ibrahimovic as a "bad character", he insisted that the 27-year old is "nice, friendly, cheerful and bright, as well as a serious professional."

However, when Laporta was asked a similar question by Moratti regarding Eto'o's demeanour in the dressing room, the Blaugrana supremo stated that the dynamic forward could be a "strange character".

Laporta also added that Eto'o was a player of great strength and it is not a priority of the club to sell him this summer, and it appears that any proposed deal is now dead.

Reports over the weekend suggested that Real Madrid were quoted a fee of €94m for Ibrahimovic, while Barcelona seem to have set their sights on luring David Villa to Camp Nou. reported earlier today that the Catalan club had tabled a €50m bid for 'El Guaje' in order to prise the player away from the Mestalla.

The move for Villa, coupled with Laporta's comments on Eto'o, casts further doubt over the 28-year old's future at the club he joined from Real Mallorca in 2004.

Paul Macdonald,