No tears for Zlatan
Inter coach Jose Mourinho says Ibrahimovic swap deal for Eto'o is bargain of the summer.
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2009 09:40 GMT

Eto'o bags the first goal as Barca beat Man Utd in the Champions League final [GALLO/GETTY]
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has hailed "the deal of the summer" after the Italian champions somehow got prolific Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o – and Aleksandr Hleb, and a potful of cash – in exchange for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Portuguese said fans would be too busy falling in love with Eto'o to weep for the Sweden striker, whom they had "never fallen in love with."

Ibrahimovic, Serie A's top scorer last season, is set to join Barcelona in a complicated swap deal with Eto'o.

Barca will also pay Inter cash and loan Belarus midfielder Hleb to the Italian side.

Ibrahimovic and Eto'o have both agreed personal terms but some details still have to be ironed out.

'Given it all'

"He has always given everything he could to me and to Inter," Mourinho told Saturday's La Gazzetta dello Sport during the club's tour in the United States.

"He didn't manage to get the fans to fall in love with him though. They are not crying about his sale and are ready to love Eto'o."

Mourinho said his sadness at seeing his best player go was balanced his excitement at Eto'o's arrival.

"Inter had to choose whether to say: 'We're not selling you' to Ibrahimovic, or get Eto'o plus Hleb free for a year, plus 50 million euros," he said.

"This seems an extraordinary deal to me, a 100-million euro deal, the deal of the summer.

"For me it's worth 100 million because Eto'o is not worth a euro less than Ibra."

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