Italian champions Inter Milan has revealed that they have held talks with Spanish champions FC Barcelona about selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Spanish side and bringing Samuel Eto’o and Alexander Hleb in the opposite direction.
Club president Massimo Moratti confirmed that he had met his Barca counterpart Joan Laporta on Thursday after agreeing to sell Brazilian left-back Maxwell to the Spanish and European champions.
Moratti added that they spoke about Maxwell and Hleb but also Ibrahimovic and Eto’o, who are two players of the same level in his opinion.
He also said that this does not mean Inter Milan will sell Ibrahimovic but said that if the deal really did come to a conclusion, Eto’o is a player he would want to include in the operation.
Inter President Moratti declared last week that Swede Ibrahimovic was off the market after Barcelona and other suitors failed to come up with an asking price of around 70 million euros (£60.5m).
Belarus midfielder Hleb is reportedly close to joining the Italian champions after expressing frustration at the lack of playing time he has had at Barca.