After yesterday’s news about Edmilson potentially being tracked by Newcastle it is now being reported by the Times and Sky Sports that Newcastle United have agreed a deal, in principle, to sign Edmilson from Barcelona for a nominal fee.
Edmilson still has one year left on his contract at the Nou Camp but has agreed to join Newcastle â€“ he will be out of action for 4-6 months while recovering from knee surgery, but it has not deterred Allardyce from launching a bid â€“ at an opportune time as it turns out.
A delegation from Newcastle including manager Sam Allardyce, chairman Freddy Shepherd’s son Kenneth – and European scout Paul Montgomery flew to Catalonia yesterday afternoon after Barcelona president Joan Laporte gave them permission to talk to the player.
It now appears that Allardyce has come to an agreement with Edmilson, who can play at centre-half or in a defensive midfield role. During the trip to Catalunya, Allardyce is also understood to have enquired about the availability of former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen – and that’s all we know right now on the Gudjohnsen link.
While at FC Barcelona Edmilson has suffered two serious knee injuries. The one he sustained last year was a tearing of the cartilage in the right knee in warming up for the World Cup. Technically the injury was a rupture on the lateral side of the meniscus of the right knee- and it forced him to pull out of the Brazilian squad on June 1st last year.
The Barcelona club Doctor operated on Edmilson last year and he also underwent an arthroscopy on his right knee only last Thursday which was described as a cleaning of the cartilage and the meniscus. This is not particularly good news but apparently his knee had not been responding well to the operation of last summer. Club doctor Ramon Cugat also who carried out this latest procedure. It certainly doesn’t seem as serious as Owen’s injury sustained at last year’s World Cup.
Don’t be surprised if Edmilson is jetting his way to Dr. Richard Steadman, at the Steadman Hawkins clinic in Vail, Colorado soon. Dr. Steadman is the best knee surgeon in the world and has handled knee injuries for Michael Owen, Craig Bellamy and Alan Shearer and a good relationship exists with the club â€“ mainly because Steadman has been so successful with these players. We would expect Steadman to be the Doctor who will oversee Edmilson’s recovery and fully check out his knee injury and history.
A little bit of condensed playing information on Edmilson from yesterday:
Edmilson (full name is JosÃ© EdmÃlson Gomes de Moraes) is 6’1″ tall and of Italian descent. He won his first cap for Brazil on July 18th, 2000 and now has 42 caps with one international goal. He was in the Brazil side that won the World Cup in 2002 in Japan and South Korea, but was forced to withdraw from the 2006 competition in Germany because of the knee injury mentioned above.
He first played for Sao Paulo (Brazil) in 1994 at age 17 – and played for them 72 times in all – scoring 3 goals. He then moved to Lyon in France in 2000 and played 124 times for them scoring 3 goals. In 2004 he moved in a â‚¤7M deal to Barcelona and has played over 80 times for the Spaniards with no goals.
We think Edmilson will be an excellent signing for Newcastle and also trust that before he plays for Newcastle we hope his knee is in perfect condition.
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