Inter Supremo Massimo Moratti Denies Ibrahimovic Deal With Barcelona

The Spanish media have been slightly premature in their announcements...
Inter have denied that a deal has been completed with Barcelona that would see Zlatan Ibrahimovic swap places with Samuel Eto'o plus €40 million and Aliaksandr Hleb going on loan to the San Siro.

The Serie A giants' president, Massimo Moratti, confirmed that talks had taken place, but dismissed stories in the Spanish media that a deal had been agreed.

Barca and Inter officials did meet and the two strikers were discussed before a proposal that included the Catalan club paying a sum of money plus Eto'o was put forward.

But claims that there is an agreement are premature and Moratti explained that negotiations are set to continue to see what could be done.

"Eto'o is not worth Ibrahimovic, but there is an important economic offer. The deal is well underway," the Inter chief told the Italian media.

"There were talks with Laporta about doing something. But obviously the willingness of the players will also be important in all this."

For a long time, Barcelona's main target has been David Villa but Valencia revealed that they rejected a bid in midweek and that could have forced the Catalan club to look elsewhere.

Whether they are now hoping that news of bids going in to other clubs will persuade Villa to act independently or force Valencia into a re-think is unclear.

Only last month Moratti and Laporta met in Barcelona and discussed Eto'o and Ibrahimovic and agreed that there would be no movement and the two players would remain with their current clubs.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com