Eto'o-Ibrahimovic trade in the works
[TRANSFER WATCH] American-style player trades rarely take place in soccer, but Barcelona and Inter Milan have a blockbuster in the works: Inter will send Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barca in exchange for Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o and cash.
Ibrahimovic has been asking for a transfer for some time, but Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said it was his decision to move Eto'o, who has played a key role in Barca's recent success, scoring 107 league goals in five seasons at the Catalan club.
"It's simply a matter of feeling. I think we have to change things," Guardiola said. "It had nothing to do with soccer. strategy or any personal issue or attitude. Maybe I am wrong but it's my responsibility. It's my decision."
The deal is dependent on the players agreeing to terms on contracts with their new clubs.
"Negotiations continue, nothing is definite but I am confident," Inter president Massimo Moratti said. "We hope to be able to bring another champion to Inter and despite the words of Guardiola, we are convinced of his worth. Ibrahimovic is a great professional and I can not forget that thanks to his goals we won scudetti."
In the meantime, Ibrahimovic, who has won three Serie A titles and scored 57 goals in three seasons at Inter, remained with the Italian club, which is playing in the World Football Challenge in the USA.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily Philly fans crying out for sustained success Jan. 27, 8:17 p.m. |
By nailing down three veterans whose combined ages top the century mark, the Philadelphia Union is ... MLS Trade Central: Busch returns to Chicago Jan. 27, 7:57 p.m.
The Chicago Fire signed free agent Jon Busch, who finished the 2014 season with San Jose ... U.S. U-18 boys heading to Copa Chivas Jan. 27, 6:29 p.m.
The U.S. U-18 men's national team, which ended 2014 splitting a two-game series with Germany, will ... Four newcomers join U-17 residency program Jan. 27, 6:04 p.m.
Coach Richie Williams' spring semester roster of 28 players for the U.S. under-17 residency program in ... What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati Jan. 27, 5:15 p.m.
"We're going through the FIFA process and hope to have Gedion eligible by March or April. ... MLS Trade Central: Oduro moves to seventh club Jan. 27, 5:02 p.m.
The Montreal Impact continued to deal as it acquired Ghanaian forward Dominic Oduro from Toronto FC ... What They're Saying: Pachuca's Marco Garces Jan. 27, 3:55 p.m.
"We keep scouting the U.S. and send scouts every so often and one of them came ... id2 National Selection picked for Argentina trip Jan. 27, 1:02 p.m.
The id2 National Selection roster for the international tour to Argentina Feb. 28-March 10 features 18 ... RSL will build stadium for USL PRO Monarchs Jan. 27, 12:11 p.m.
Lots of MLS clubs have built soccer-specific stadiums. Real Salt Lake is taking things one step ... Chile-USA: Three storylines to follow Jan. 27, 9:43 a.m.
Nine veterans of the 2014 World Cup have been summoned by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives