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Inter Milan reaches deal to sign Eto'o

sports Updated: Aug 10, 2009 13:49 IST

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Samuel Eto'o's agent told Italian media on Thursday that Inter Milan has reached a deal to sign the Barcelona striker. Josep Maria Mesalles made the announcement after having talks with officials from the Serie A champion, and confirmed that the Cameroon striker will sign a five-year contract.

"It is not official, but an accord with Inter is done," Mesalles told Sky Italia. "The player is happy. The only problem is negotiating his exit from Barcelona. But within a week it will be resolved.

"Eto'o should be arriving here on Monday or Tuesday. He will sign after his medical and then he will be at the complete disposition of the coach."

Eto'o will arrive from Barcelona with midfielder Alexander Hleb, who will sign on loan for a year. Inter's Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be heading in the opposite direction. "Eto'o is ready for Inter," Ibrahimovic said on his Twitter feed Thursday. "My agent Mino Raiola is working hard. I will sign asap!"

Eto'o scored 34 goals for Barcelona last season, including the opener in the Champions League final.

Inter is currently on a preseason tour of the United States and have yet to comment.