Ibra proved a big flop at Barca last season.
"When the club won the Treble in 2009, the technical staff wanted a few ‘locker room modifications’ to help the team ethic,” Laporta told As.
“This is how we came to swap Eto’o and Ibrahimovic, a move that at the time was wanted by Pep Guardiola.
“Valencia were asking too much for Villa, while Atletico Madrid had no intention of selling Forlan.
“There was no other alternative to satisfy the Coach and his technical staff.”