Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s official unveiling at Barcelona was delayed by two hours at the Nou Camp as the Spanish side was forced to wait for a fax from Inter Milan to officially confirm the move.

Zlatan is unveiled for the first time

Zlatan is unveiled for the first time

More than 55,000 fans had gathered in the club’s stadium and were left waiting while details over Samuel Eto’o’s move to Ibrahimovic’s old club Inter Milan were finalised.

Their frustration and excitment resulted in a pitch invasion which further delayed the Swede taking to the field in a full Barcelona strip for the first time wearing the number nine shirt.

When the 27-year-old finally emerged on the pitch, fans were seen charging towards him only to be held back by security.

The striker signed a five-year contract with Barcelona after passing a medical earier this week to complete the Euopean Champions’ most expensive transfer – understood to be 46 million euros. Contracted to the club until 2014, his contract is also said to have a 250 million euro buy out clause.
Eto’o will now join Inter as part of the deal, while Belarus midfielder Aleksandr Hleb will go on loan to the Italian club for one season.

Adamant he will prove himself worthy of becoming the club’s most expensive transfer, Ibrahimovic said: “I haven’t come to replace Eto’o because I’m a very different player. I’m going to work to the maximum to demonstrate you haven’t made a mistake in signing me.
“Thanks to Inter Milan for allowing me to sign for Barcelona. This is a very big day for me.”
Barcelona said Ibrahimovic has a broken finger on his left hand and will require surgery. The injury happened during Inter’s last friendly, against Chelsea in Los Angeles last week.
“It will require setting surgically, which will be done tomorrow at noon,” technical secretary Txiki Beguiristain said.

Ibrahimovic became Barcelona’s third signing this summer as part of coach Pep Guardiola’s bid to strengthen a team that last season won an unprecedented treble of Spanish, Champions League and Copa del Rey titles.
The other two new players are both from Brazil — Maxwell also moved from Inter, while Keirrison signed from Palmeiras.
(Source : the telegraph)

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