ROME, July 28 – Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has signed a five-year contract with Inter Milan, the Italian champions announced on Monday.The 28-year-old had arrived in Milan on Monday morning to take a medical examination before then officially signing on the dotted line, on the same day that Zlatan Ibrahimovic finalised his move in the opposite direction by joining Barcelona.
Inter did not reveal how much the Cameroon striker will be paid but he is believed to have signed a deal worth 10-10.5 million euros net per season.
He is part of a swap deal that sees Swedish international striker Ibrahimovic head to Catalonia while Inter also pocket 46 million euros and take Belarus winger Alexander Hleb on loan for a year.
Upon arriving at Milan’s Linate airport, Eto’o claimed he was coming to Inter to win a third Champions League crown.
Eto’o has twice already been on a Champions League winning team with Barcelona, scoring against Arsenal in the 2006 final in a 2-1 victory and again against Manchester United in May in a 2-0 success.
"I’m very happy to be here at Inter. I’ve come here to work hard and win the Champions League," said Eto’o.
"I had the opportunity to spend 13 years in Spain. Today, I am ready to begin a new adventure.
"I want to thank the president (of Inter Massimo) Moratti who helped my arrival a lot.
"I hope to deliver what he’s expecting from me. He’s a man with a lot of heart."
Eto’o also congratulated his new team-mates on having beaten city rivals AC Milan 2-0 in a friendly in the United States on Sunday.
He joined Barcelona in 2004 having previously been on Real Madrid’s books before being sent to Mallorca.