Barcelona set to sign Maxwell

BARCELONA - Barcelona have agreed to buy Inter Milan's Brazilian left-back Maxwell, the European champions said on Wednesday. A statement on Barca's website said the initial fee would be 4.5 million euros, rising to a possible 5 million. Maxwell, who won three league titles with Inter, lost his place last season to teenager Davide Santon and is being sold after coach Jose Mourinho said his squad was too large. If he agrees personal terms, the 27-year-old will fight with Frenchman Eric Abidal for the left-back slot at Barcelona following the departure of Silvinho. The former Cruzeiro and Ajax player can also play in midfield.