Sunday, July 26, 2009

Let's Make A Deal

Blockbuster trades have become rare in sports. They're especially rare in European football, where a team is more likely to sell a top player and put the transfer fee towards a future acquisition. That's what makes the recently completed Barcelona-Inter Milan swap of Samuel Eto’o for Zlatan Ibrahimovic so intriguing.

While Eto'o and Ibrhahimovic were both accomplished stars in their former homes, a change of venue should be mutually beneficial. The Swedish international has been a part of three-straight Serie A winning sides, but Champions League success has eluded Ibrahimovic. Joining the defending European champs gives him a chance to help bag the continent's top club prize. And though Eto'o was one of Barca's top talents, at Inter he'll have a greater opportunity to play the alpha dog role.

If Zlatan has his wish, his current and former squads will meet in next May's Champions League Final. If both men play up to expectations, that's a distinct possibility.

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