Italian agent Dario Canovi insists Inter Milan did better out of the swap that brought Samuel Eto'o to Italy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona. At particular times during this season, both players have suffered form lapses and question marks over their transfer.

But Canovi, who is close to many Spanish Liga clubs, argues in Tuttosport: "The facts have been established. It was a good deal for Inter Milan, taking Eto'o and dumping Ibrahimovic. Samuel plays for the team with an absolute dedication, sacrifice and energy.

"Zlatan has decided many matches, but has also been isolated on his own at times."