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Hleb eyes Barcelona exit

The agent of Barcelona winger Alex Hleb has confirmed that his client would relish the chance to move to Italy to join Serie A champions Internazionale.

The 28-year-old Belarus international made just 12 starts in his first season at the Camp Nou and is being lined up for a move to Inter as part of the swap deal involving Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Hleb's agent, Maurizio Gaudino, told Calciomercato.it: "It's obvious that he's not happy.

"Last year he hoped to play with more consistency, but they won everything there was to win. He was injured at the start of the season and that certainly hindered him.

"I don't like speaking about possibilities, but Inter would be a good destination for him, there's no doubt. It's a great club who would allow him to still win plenty.

"It's always an honour to be linked to teams of this calibre, but I repeat that for the moment no-one has spoken with us.

"If and when the two clubs inform us of something, we will evaluate the situation."

Meanwhile, Racing Santander have won the race to sign central defender Marc Torrejon from Espanyol.

The 22-year-old Spain Under-21 international had also been a target for Real Zaragoza and Real Mallorca, but opted for a move to El Sardinero after slipping down the pecking order at Espanyol.

Torrejon said after sealing his switch: "The past year was not especially good for me and my idea was to leave, with my main options being Mallorca and Racing.

"The coach here spoke to me and gave me a lot of confidence. Now I just want to work hard and to give everything for the club."