Olympique Lyon defender and former club captain Claudio Cacapa was being offered to Newcastle United according to the Sunday Sun yesterday.
It was alsoÂ a free transfer to boot since his contract expiredÂ atÂ Lyon in the summer.
Let’s take a look at this and see why we weren’t after him like hot cakes.
Brazilian Claudio Cacapa
Last year Arsenal were considering a move for Cacapa when last July (2006) Wenger admitted he was in the market for a new defender and then 30 year-old Cacapa fitted the bill. The Brazilian was to be a replacementÂ for released veteran Sol Campbell who finally ended up at Portsmouth. At the time Arsenal thought Lyon were asking too much (â‚¤6M – â‚¤8M) for aÂ 30 year-old.
Cacapa was Lyons’ club captain but was injured for most of last season starting only 9 games for the French Champions.
Capaca is 5′ 11â€ tall and he was at Lyon since 2001 and saw out his contract at the club. He started 113 games for Lyon with 10 substitute appearances and scored 9 goals. He won six French Championships at Lyon.
ClaudioÂ was born in May 1976 so for a Sam Allardyce player â€“ he is not that old quite honestly and has lots of experience in the European Champions league.Â Â DoesÂ he sound like a player we should be after? He certainly does to us.Â Unfortunately just as we were going to pressÂ on this article -Â we had breaking news CacapaÂ had just signed for Al-Rayyan inÂ Qatar.Â We would hope this news is not true.
Why didn’t we jump at the chance for this player?Â Â
Well – here’s an article we put out on June 3rd this year mentioning Claudio Cacapa was available on a free transfer – so guess Sam wasn’t interestedÂ for whatever reason.