Ibrahimovic comes through medical

Monday, July 27, 2009

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his medical with Barcelona, despite a fracture in his left hand.
The injury was found during tests on Monday as the Swedish striker edged closer to moving from Inter Milan in a deal worth £40m plus Samuel Eto'o.
Barcelona's club doctor said: "It's a fracture we have to study how to fix so he plays as soon as possible."
Meanwhile Eto'o passed his medical with Inter and was set to sign a five-year contract with the Italian champions.
Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb is being offered to the Italian club on loan as part of the deal.
Cameroon striker Eto'o successfully concluded initial negotiations with Inter on Thursday and was followed by Ibrahimovic flying to the Catalan capital from the United States, where Inter are currently on tour.
The 27-year-old Ibrahimovic, who has spent the last three seasons at Inter after moving from Juventus, hurt his hand in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in Los Angeles last week.
Club doctor Ricard Pruna told the Barcelona club website that the medical staff would meet on Monday to decide what treatment was necessary.
Ibrahimovic earlier told Barca TV that securing the move would make him the "happiest man in the world".
"I am a professional footballer, very relaxed," he said. "I like making other people happy. If they are happy then I am too," he added.
Ibrahimovic was the top scorer in Serie A last season while Eto'o was equally prolific as Barca clinched an unprecedented treble after landing the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League crowns.
But with Eto'o, 28, only having one year left on his current deal, Barca were willing to sell.
Reports suggest the Cameroon international will earn about £9.6m a season and brings an end to his five-year stay at the Nou Camp.
"I made history at Barcelona, but that chapter is over," Eto'o said on the Inter Milan club website.
"At Inter I am starting a new chapter and starting from zero. I am happy with this new adventure and hope everything goes well. I won a lot at Barcelona and I hope to do so in these colours."
Although Hleb is also set to join Inter, the Belarus international earlier told Sport Bild magazine: "I have a contract with Barcelona and am currently preparing for the new season with the team.
"My aim is to make the breakthrough here and be successful with this club."
Hleb's agent has even denied being contacted about a switch to Inter.


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