Eto'o completes 'swap' deal
Samuel Eto'o has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Italian champions Inter Milan to complete the 'swap' deal that involves Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Barcelona.
The Serie A champions confirmed the Cameroon striker had signed a deal with them just over an hour after Barcelona announced Ibrahimovic had signed a five-year contract with them - in a deal worth €66m.
The 28-year-old had arrived in Milan on Monday morning to take a medical examination before then officially signing on the dotted line, on the same day that Zlatan Ibrahimovic finalised his move in the opposite direction by joining Barcelona. Eto'o passed the medical at the San Matteo hospital in Pavia this evening, before the finishing touches were put on a deal that will also see Belarus winger Alexander Hleb join Inter on a season-long loan.
Upon arriving at Milan's Linate airport, Eto'o claimed he was coming to Inter to win a third UEFA Champions League crown. Eto'o won the Champions League twice already with Barcelona, scoring against Arsenal in the 2006 final in a 2-1 victory and again against Manchester United in May in a 2-0 success.
"I'm very happy to be here at Inter. I've come here to work hard and win the [UEFA] Champions League," said Eto'o. "I had the opportunity to spend 13 years in Spain. Today, I am ready to begin a new adventure.
"I want to thank the president [of Inter Massimo] Moratti who helped my arrival a lot," he said. "I hope to deliver what he's expecting from me. He's a man with a lot of heart."
Eto'o also congratulated his new team-mates on having beaten city rivals AC Milan 2-0 in a friendly in the USA on Sunday.
He joined Barcelona in 2004 having previously been on Real Madrid's books before being sent to Mallorca.