Ibrahimovic medical finds fracture

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his medical with Barcelona, the European champions have confirmed, but they have detected a fracture in his left hand.

Ibrahimovic, having arrived in the city yesterday evening, underwent various medical tests this morning as he puts the finishing touches on his move from Inter Milan.

The 27-year-old was set to be confirmed as a Barcelona player at 6pm local time before being presented at the Nou Camp around half an hour later and the club have not revealed whether his injury will affect their plans.

"We've extensively examined the injury to his left hand," club doctor Ricard Pruna told www.fcbarcelona.cat.

"We've seen that he has a fracture at the base of the second metacarpal of his left hand.

"It's a fracture that we have to study how to fix it so that he can play as soon as possible.

"This afternoon we will meet up and decide what treatment we will do."

Ibrahimovic hurt his hand playing for Inter in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in Los Angeles last week.

Barca have agreed a fee with Inter of 45million euros plus Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o in exchange for Ibrahimovic, with Alexander Hleb also set to join the Italian champions on loan.

Ibrahimovic has spent the last three seasons at Inter after moving from Juventus and last term he finished as top goalscorer in Serie A, netting 25 times as the Nerazzurri stormed to their fourth successive title.

The Sweden international is set to become Barca's third signing of the summer as coach Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen the squad that last season won an unprecedented treble of Primera Division, Champions League and Copa del Rey.

Already brought in are Brazilian duo Maxwell - also signed from Inter for a fee that could rise to 5million euros - and Keirrison, who has cost Barca an initial 14million euros from Palmeiras but will be sent out on loan next season.

Earlier, Ibrahimovic launched a scathing attack on Italian football, claiming he is leaving Inter for Barcelona because he is "fed up" with life in Serie A.

"When did I start thinking about moving somewhere else? In December, before Christmas," he is reported as saying on Tuttomercatoweb.it. "The more I saw Barcelona play, the more I wanted to leave.

"Moreover, I was fed up of Italy, of Milan, of your football: you play badly, there's too much stress.

"In short, I needed something else.

"Did Inter pay me more than any other footballer? No comment."

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