A mega swap could be struck, with Samp management expressing interest in Nelson Rivas, David Suazo and Amantino Mancini.
"It was the right time to sell Ibrahimovic," said Moratti. "He was aware of Barca's interest and had his mind on them for some months. He told us for the development of his career, he saw himself elsewhere.
"I don't know many operations of this level. It's fantastic to get Samuel Eto'o and money in this agreement."