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Barca star Eto’o agrees terms with Inter, agent says

REUTERS AND AFP , MILAN, ITALY

Barcelona’s Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has agreed personal terms with Inter, his agent said on Thursday as a swap deal involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved closer.

After another meeting with Inter officials in Milan, Josep Mesalles said a deal had been reached and he would now go back to Barcelona to settle matters there.

“The only problem is a loyalty bonus with Barcelona. It should be settled in a week or so,” he was quoted as telling the ANSA news service after leaving the meeting.

Ibrahimovic left the Inter squad on tour in the US on Thursday and returned to Europe because of the transfer negotiations, the Serie A club said on their Web site.

The Sweden striker, who injured his hand in the Italian champions’ friendly defeat by Chelsea in California this week, has yet to agree terms with European champions Barca.

The complicated swap deal, which involves Barcelona also paying cash, could mean Barca midfielder Aleksandr Hleb moving to Inter on loan if Eto’o and Ibrahimovic sign.

The 28-year-old Eto’o, who joined the Catalan side in 2004, has a year left in his contract with Barcelona.

He was the club’s top scorer in the Spanish league last season, with 30 goals.

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