Contract negotiations between Inter and the prolific Cameroon hitman have been going on for over a week, but an agreement appears to be on the horizon as Mesalles said: “We’ll proceed negotiating tomorrow. There will be another meeting, but I’m very optimistic that we will reach an agreement in the near future. Even though there are still a couple of things that need to be discussed.”

But according to sources Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is pushing Samuel Eto’o towards Inter, but he admits it will not be a problem if the striker decides to stay at the Camp Nou.

Reports suggest a deal has been struck by both the Catalan giants and the Nerazzurri. The Italians will receive around €48million plus Eto’o in exchange for Ibrahimovic. The ball is now in the players court and it’s now down to Eto’o to kick his move forward.

Guardiola’s words suggest he wants the Cameroon star to move to Inter for the good of all at Barcelona, but he admits there will be no rumpus if the move doesn’t take off.

“I think it would be the best for Barcelona if Eto’o does leave and his sale is my decision. I think it’s time to change after all that we have won,” Guardiola told the press.

“Inter have the money to make Eto’o happy, but if he wants to stay then I will have no problem with that.

“Everything depends on Eto’o. He has the right to evaluate Inter’s offer and make a decision.”

Guardiola admits that Ibrahimovic will not arrive unless Eto’o goes, despite earlier claims from president Joan Laporta who said the Sweden striker would arrive regardless of whether Eto’o stayed on. The coach also explained there are no reasons for the decision to sell.