Newcastle are back in Barcelona trying to tie up the deal for Brazilian International Edmilson â€“ who has already agreed in principle to join Newcastle. As we have already discussed Edmilson has been troubled by a right knee injury for over a year.
Newcastle have had their own medical team examine Edmilson’s injury report and the Newcastle medical team are now sure the player will be completely fit in November.
Certainly that would have been one of the tasks coming out of last week’s meeting and they have once again sent off a contingent to Barcelona – this time to cement the deal.
Newcastle were initially told last week that they’d have to pay â‚¤3M for the Brazilian whose contract runs out next June. Since Edmilson has agreed he will not be fully fit until November the news today is that Newcastle may arrange to take Edmilson in the January transfer window and pay Barcelona â‚¤2M or less for the Brazilian. On the face of it that looks like an interesting deal â€“ because Edmilson will not be able to play in any case until late in the year – once he gets match fit. It will also ensure Newcastle have some flexibility should Edmislon’s injury prove to be more serious than first thought.
It also appears that all the stuff that was in the press about Edmilson’s wage demands was a little unfounded. It turns out that he is already on â‚¤80K/week at the Nou Camp â€“ and wants that wage to be met at Newcastle. That’s not unreasonable since we will have to pay the going rates if we indeed are to challenge for the Premiership within the next few years.
It was also revealed in the Evening Chronicle last week that Sam Allardyce had met with Edmilson and his wife in Barcelona and was very impressed with Edmilson as a person. He is a devout Christian, does not drink, and is very keen to do well at Newcastle. There’s no doubt Sam has taken that as a big positive and we are convinced Sam will tie up the deal for the Brazilian very shortly. Whether he gets him now or on January 1st is fairly irrelevant â€“ but we hope we can sign Edmilson to a Newcastle contract in the next couple of days.
The other purpose of Newcastle’s trip is to hold further discussions over a move for Eidur Gudjohnsen. But it is being reported that Allardyce will only sign him if either Obefami Martins or Michael Owen leave the club. It seems to us that unless something happens quickly on the Owen or Martins front â€“ Gudjohnsen will not be available for too long â€“ and we’ll not have the luxury of waiting until August on a decision on Gudjohnsen. That’s why we believe Sam next week must decide with our two strikers whether they are staying at the club or going.
Barcelona want â‚¤8M for Eidur â€“ but Newcastle are reportedly thinking more in the â‚¤6M range.
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