Barca anger at Ibrahimovic agent

01 June 2010 08:02
Barcelona general manager Joan Oliver has hit back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent in an escalating row over the future of the Sweden striker. Ibrahimovic is reported to be on borrowed time at the Camp Nou following a mixed first season in Spanish football and the Catalan club's recent £40million capture of fellow frontman David Villa from Valencia. However, agent Mino Raiola has earned the wrath of Oliver after his assertion that coach Pep Guardiola "would have to go to a mental hospital" if he wanted to sell the former Internazionale striker. "We didn't like Mr Mino Raiola's statements at all, especially the tone," said Oliver. "The reference to the coach is in very bad taste. "And the club doesn't need money. We don't want to sell." However, Oliver has left the door open for a possible transfer for a striker who scored 21 goals last season following his £40million arrival from Inter. Manchester City and Chelsea have both been linked with moves for the 28-year-old former Ajax and Juventus frontman. "If things get too complicated, there'll be no option but to sell the player," he added. "However, that's not the intention of the club at this moment."

Source: ESA