News from the Evening Chronicle this afternoon is that Newcastle United have made a move for Barcelonaâ€™s Brazilian defender Edmilson â€“ whose contract at Barcelona runs out this coming Saturday at midnight.
However a complication with the deal could be the arthroscopy surgery on the Brazilian’s right knee that was performed last Thursday in Spain – and may keep Edmilson out of action anywhere from 4-6 months. This is not mentioned in the Chronicle report – but we do go into some detail on this during this article.
Edmilson of Brazil, Barcelona and Newcastle?
The other interesting rumor going around today is that Rozehnal will be introduced this afternoon with one more player. Of course there is speculation galore this could be Edmilson – we just don’t know. If this news is true – we will be announcing two new players (one being Rozehnal) and that will be excellent news for the fans – and again shows the pace of activity on the transfer front is picking up fast – as promised after last Monday’s board meeting.
The news on Edmilson came from Spain today â€“ and obviously if Sam can pull off the free signing of Edmilson â€“ this would be a great acquisition for Allardyce and will point to Sam’s brilliance in enticing players of great stature to play for him â€“ as he did at Bolton. This will be a lot easier for Sam at Newcastle â€“ especially as our brand and name (Newcastle United) get to be known on a world-wide basis â€“ which is one of Ashley’s major focuses.
The word of caution we will put on this news is the current fitness of Edmilson – as we mentioned above – and which we expand on further in this article.
Edmilson looks to be the ideal man for the Magpies, as he can play both at center-half and as a defensive midfielder – and although he was born in Taquaritinga, in Brazil, he has an Italian passport, and this allows him to play as a European player.
Edmilson – whose full name is JosÃ© EdmÃlson Gomes de Moraes – and is of Italian descent – won his first cap for Brazil on July 18th, 2000 and now has 42 caps for the South Americans and has scored one international goal. He was in the Brazil side which won the World Cup in 2002 in Japan and South Korea, but was forced to withdraw from the 2006 competition in Germany because of a knee injury.
He played first for Sao Paulo in Brazil whom he joined in 1994 at age 17 – and played for them 72 times scoring 3 goals. He then moved to Lyon in France in 2000 and played for the French side 124 times scoring 3 goals. In 2004 he moved on a â‚¤7M deal to Barcelona who he has played for over 80 times without scoring a goal.
Since moving to Europe, the 6’1″ Brazilian has won a domestic championship in each of his first 6 seasons (4 with Lyon and 2 with Barcelona). While at FC Barcelona he has suffered two serious injuries, but was able to fully recover and played an important role in the team’s success on the domestic and European scenes in the 2005-2006 season.
One of these injuries was a cruciate ligament injury – like the one picked up by Michael Owen last year. It has been confirmed by Barcelona Club doctors that the player underwent an “arthroscopy on his right knee” only last Thursday. It was described as a “cleaning of the cartilage and the meniscus,” as the player’s knee had not been responding well to the operation of last summer. Club doctor Ramon Cugat, who carried out this operation, insisted that the previous two operations had been successful, asserting that “some knees respond well, and some badly.” However, he predicted a “long” recovery process, which could keep him out of action for “four, five or six” months.
It may be that Sam wants to get first option on Edmilson pending his recovery – and that would be a good deal for us – and we think worth the chance. Edmilson’s knee poses a potential problem in his departure from Barcelona – but any deal would have to depend on the doctors of the other club. Dr. Ramon Cugat, insisted that “if I was the one, I would clear him” – but that’s not altogether surprising coming from Barcelona’s club Doctor.
However, as we all know the world expert on knees and cruciate ligament injuries is the famed Dr. Richard Steadman, whose clinic is in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Steadman has operated on great players such as Ronaldo, Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy and has had them all back playing again at the top level. If Sam does the deal don’t be surprised if Edmilson is immediately dispatched to Dr. Steadman’s clinic for analysis – or dispatched and analyzed before the deal is even struck.
This is still good news we feel and will be a major coup for Sam and Newcastle if Allardyce can pull this one off. Sam must have been working his socks off these last few weeks – good for him – and very good for Newcastle.
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