Ibrahimovic medical finds fracture
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his medical with Barcelona, the European champions have confirmed, but they have detected a fracture in his left hand. Ibrahimovic, having arrived in the city yesterday evening, underwent various medical tests this morning as he puts the finishing touches on his move from Inter Milan. The 27-year-old was set to be confirmed as a Barcelona player at 6pm local time before being presented at the Nou Camp around half an hour later.
"We've extensively examined the injury to his left hand," club doctor Ricard Pruna said. "We've seen that he has a fracture at the base of the second metacarpal of his left hand.
"It's a fracture that we have to study how to fix it so that he can play as soon as possible. We will meet up and decide what treatment we will do."
Ibrahimovic hurt his hand playing for Inter in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in Los Angeles last week. Barça have agreed a fee with Inter of €45m plus Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o in exchange for Ibrahimovic, with Alexander Hleb also set to join the Italian champions on loan.
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 set to become Barça'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, UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey.
Already brought in are Brazilian duo Maxwell - also signed from Inter for a fee that could rise to €5m - and Keirrison, who has cost Barça an initial €14m 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 to have said. "The more I saw Barcelona play, the more I wanted to leave.
"Moreover, I was fed up of Italy, of Milan... In short, I needed something else. Did Inter pay me more than any other footballer? No comment."