Will Ibra-Eto’o swap actually happen?

July 20, 2009

It would be among the biggest swap deals ever in soccer but there is a long way to go before it becomes reality.

Inter Milan and Barcelona may have agreed to the transfers of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o (plus a bit of cash for the Italians on top) but the players have yet to agree terms and that looks trickier than might be expected.

Manchester City pulled out of talks with Eto’o after becoming frustrated while media reports say he is asking for astronomical wages.

Ibrahimovic on the other hand is reportedly the most paid player in the world and Barca will have to be careful not to destroy their wage structure if they want to recruit him.

Furthermore, Barca president Joan Laporta met Inter’s Massimo Moratti earlier in the close season and they both agreed a swap deal was not a good idea because they still wanted to keep their strikers.

The situation has changed since then, with Ibrahimovic repeating a desire for a fresh challenge and Eto’o looking more like departing, but in soccer money talks and there could still be more twists.

Sweden’s Ibrahimovic, away in the U.S. with Inter which could complicate matters, seems more keen than the Cameroon international. Ibra would definitely be more fed up if he agreed terms with Barca but the swap collapsed because Inter would not meet Eto’o’s demands.

Then Inter’s Jose Mourinho, eager to know who his main striker will be as soon as possible, would have to use his famed motivation skills to make Ibra commit fully again to the Serie A champions.

PHOTO: Inter Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) passes the ball around Club America’s Juan Carlos Silva during the second half of their World Football Challenge at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith


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if it does happen, inter has the better deal here. etoo is proven talent, although ibrahimovic is skillful he tends to choke in big games.

Posted by wllmhll | Report as abusive

the cameroonian has been spectacular what does he need to do to prove hes good enough to stay the italians him to stay the spanish want eto to stay

Posted by sama tima | Report as abusive

I think Eto’ should have accepted the Man City’s deal for he would have been the highest paid player in the Premiership or even in the world. However he stands the risk of loosing everything if he wants to complete his contract at the bernabau. Its unfortunate if he can not reason and move on upon all the trohies he won as a barca player and an african.He’s the first african player to win the European champion league twice which is no mean an achievement. I’d advice him to leave for the coach has voice out something to dumping his and spoil his playing career.

Posted by Abdul Jabari | Report as abusive

hi this is tambi from douala cameroun i wish eto could play for inter next year to prove to world that he is the bestin the world today

Posted by tambi | Report as abusive

Ibrahimovic needs to play for a flair manager and he will have the world on his feet… Thats Guardiola Etoo can score goals even in boat-racing its more of a fresh challenge to both rather than proving anything. Anyone who remembers the Ibrahimovic goal in Euro 04 should shut it about big games. How about the switch going on and then the two teams meet in a crucial stage and the one that got away scores the decisive goal(s)?

Posted by njau | Report as abusive

Eto plus cash plus a loan player for Ibrahimovic.Am surprised…

Posted by kojo | Report as abusive

In my point of view it would have been really good for Etoo to leave, but not to the Italian club anywhere. Just somewhere but Barcelona…Zlatan needs to stay in Millan but Morinho needs to get a good midfielder to feed him!

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