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The ex-Barca defender can't fathom why his former club want to offload the quicksilver Cameroonian.

Veteran defender Jose Edmilson has heaped praise on former teammate Samuel Eto’o, and has criticized Barcelona’s decision to sell the striker as part of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer.

The Brazilian spent four seasons at the Camp Nou from 2004-08 and witnessed first-hand the ability of Eto’o, and the 33-year-old, who now plies his trade with Palmeiras, has stated his disbelief that his former club want to off-load the dynamic forward in order to land Ibrahimovic.

Speaking on radio program Ona FM, Edmilson said of Eto’o, “I am very surprised, because he [Eto’o] is the best in the world.

“He is good in front of goal, has presence in the area and has great speed. He was an excellent companion to motivate people. I don’t know if this is because of a problem with the coach, but I believe he is the best striker at Barcelona.”

Furthermore, Edmilson continued by saying that he does not believe the offer of €45 million plus Eto’o and Aliaksandr Hleb for Ibrahimovic represents value for money, and the former Lyon star is in little doubt as to who the superior frontman is.

“I would not change anybody for [Samuel] Eto’o. He is much more of a player than [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic. It seems that Pep Guardiola wants a different player.”

The deal bringing the Swedish forward to the Camp Nou, with Eto’o and Hleb moving in the other direction, could be completed within the next 24 hours.

Paul Macdonald,

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