Samuel Eto’o announced through his agent on Thursday that the player reached an agreement with Inter Milan: Barcelona would exchange the Cameroon player for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovicl and E45 million. The deal has been in negotiation for several days.
A meeting between Barcelona and Inter representatives ended on Thursday with a press conference, at which the reps announced the conclusion of the deal for both sides. Eto’o’s contract is for five years. Now Inter simply must wait for Barcelona to release the player, an issue as yet unresolved.
The move will be a dramatic change for the 28-year-old player, who has spent his entire professional football career in Spanish football. Nevertheless, Eto’o is purportedly very excited about the move. Eto’o first joined Real Madrid back in 1997; two years later, he joined the first division of the RCD Mallorca, becoming the club’s all-time leading domestic league scorer with 54 goals.
In 2004, he was transferred to the FC Barcelona for a E24 million deal, although at the same time he was negotiating with Real Madrid as well; in fact, Florentino Perez from Real Madrid wanted to buy Eto’o’s full transfer rights. In the end, the deal was much more lucrative when he was sold. In 2004,
Eto’o made his debut with stardom while with the FC Barcelona, winning the 2004-05 La Liga title. In the 2005-06 season, Eto’o helped his team win the Champions League title, then personally won UEFA Best Forward of the Year, as well as African Player of the Year for the third time in a row. Let’s not forget to mention his third place for the FIFA World Player of the Year. In 2006, Eto’o injured his meniscus and had surgery; as a result, he missed 5 months of play. He started training again for the 2007-08 season, but in August of 2007, the Cameroon player was injured again, and thereafter sidelined indefinitely.
It was months later, in December of 2007, when Eto’o began playing again. He then brought his team to the 2009 UEFA Champions League title and won the La Liga title again too. Eto’o’s weakness became evident with Barcelona this year, with Barcelona’s head coach, Pep Guardiola, placing him on the transfer list. The Barca boss Josep Maria Mesalles stated that his feelings for Eto’o were the same. “Eto’o has been an important player in Spanish football,” Mesalles said. “A player who wants to remain at big clubs. Did Guardiola undervalue the Cameroon striker? It’s true that with the change of coach at Barcelona it was difficult for the player to do well. The player then showed a good performance. The contract will be for five years. The players want to do well at Milan and Inter showed a lot of interest for Eto’o. The player is happy.”