Ibrahimovic completes Barca transfer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his transfer to Barcelona, the European champions have confirmed

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his transfer to Barcelona, the European champions have confirmed. Barca have agreed a fee with Inter Milan of €46 million plus Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o in exchange for Ibrahimovic, with Alexander Hleb also set to join the Italian champions on loan.

Ibrahimovic completed his medical today — and while it showed he had a fractured left hand, a deal was struck which included an astronomical buy-out clause of €250 million for the player.

Barca also confirmed that Eto’o is valued at €20 million in the deal and the striker has signed a five-year deal with the Serie A club. Inter will also have the chance to buy Hleb for an initial €10 million once his season-long loan spell is concluded.

Ibrahimovic has spent the last three seasons at Inter after moving from Juventus and last term he finished as top goalscorer in Serie A, netting 25 times as the Nerazzurri stormed to their fourth successive title.


The Sweden international is Barca’s third signing of the summer as coach Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen the squad that last season won an unprecedented treble of Primera Division, Champions League and Copa del Rey.

Already brought in are Brazilian duo Maxwell — also signed from Inter for a fee that could rise to €5 million— and Keirrison, who has cost Barca an initial €14 million from Palmeiras but will be sent out on loan next season.

Earlier, Ibrahimovic launched a scathing attack on Italian football, claiming he is leaving Inter for Barcelona because he is “fed up” with life in Serie A.

“When did I start thinking about moving somewhere else? In December, before Christmas,” he is reported as saying on Tuttomercatoweb.it. “The more I saw Barcelona play, the more I wanted to leave.

“Moreover, I was fed up of Italy, of Milan, of your football: you play badly, there’s too much stress. In short, I needed something else.

“Did Inter pay me more than any other footballer? No comment.”