News today that Brazilian Claudio Cacapa who we profiled on MondayÂ with the headline Newcastle Too Late for Brazilian Claudio Cacapa? will in fact be signing for the club and he is St. James’ Park right now.
Some comments at the time suggested Claudio had just signed for a club in QatarÂ - butÂ obviously he didn’t – butÂ it will be interesting to look back on those.
But waitÂ - it’s an Alan Oliver story!Â
Relax,Â Sam says it’s true and is quoted here talking about Cacapa in the Evening Chronicle and the story has also been postedÂ on the Newcastle official web site.Â Sam thinks Newcastle supporters will not know much about the player. Â He may be wrong about thatÂ Â
Brazilian Claudio Cacapa - smiling because he’s becoming aÂ Newcastle player
We know a bitÂ about Cacapa and think he’sÂ another excellent signing by Big Sam – as long as he’s fit. Turns out that Sam has been checking him out this week – and Claudio has come through it fine. This must have been the center-backÂ Alan Oliver has beenÂ saying we wouldÂ sign later this week but that he would not excite Newcastle fans. We’re not sure about that – he’s a typically solid Sam Allardcye signing.
This is what Sam told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œOur fans should not be put off by the fact they may not have heard of Cacapa because he has certainly been heard of in Brazil and France.â€
â€œHe has been captain of Lyon for the past five years and for every one of those five years they won the French title, so obviously he has a lot of Champions League experience.â€
â€œThatâ€™s why we are hoping that everything goes OK with his medical and that we can agree a deal with his people because we believe he would be a terrific capture for us.
â€œUnfortunately, he has been back in Brazil and he has had no pre-season work, and in normal circumstances we would not consider him for our opening game at Bolton Wanderers a week on Saturday, but it all depends on what type of injuries we have.â€
Cacapa watched Sundayâ€™s game with Juventus from the St Jamesâ€™ Park stand andÂ has been at the training ground every day this week.Â This isÂ obviously how Alan Oliver and the local press got to know about the deal. Credit goes to AlanÂ for keeping the deal secret in case other clubs were alerted.
Allardyce has had all our medical people and backroom staff take a close look at the Brazilian-born player and it looks like he has come throughÂ the very closest of scrutinies as far as his overall fitness is concerned.
It’s interesting that just 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 that 30 year-old Cacapa fitted the bill. That says a lot about his quality. The Brazilian was to be a replacement for just released veteran Sol Campbell who finally ended up at Portsmouth – although weÂ hoped he wouldÂ end up at Newcastle. At the time Arsenal thought Lyon were asking too much (â‚¤6M – â‚¤8M) for the then 30 year-old Cacapa.
Cacapa was Lyons’ club captain but was injured for most of last season starting only 9 games for the French Champions.Â HeÂ is 5′ 11â€ tall andÂ 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 andÂ won six French Championships with the club.Â Claudio is obviously used to be successful which is also good since we need that mindset at Newcastle.
CacapaÂ was born in May 1976 so for a Sam Allardyce playerÂ he is not that old and has lots of experience in the European Champions league. It’s interesting in our article last FridayÂ we had a sentence at the end -Â Â Why didnâ€™t we jump at the chance for this player?
Well the good news isÂ we did – even thoughÂ we left it a bit late. But as theÂ saying goes – better late than never.
Here’s the article we put out on June 3rd this year that Claudio Cacapa was available on a free transfer – so guess Sam at least at that time wasn’t interested for whatever reason.Â Â Cacapa Available on Free Transfer
Â Thanks to one of our technical readers Rick Collins here’s what ClaudioÂ will look like in his Newcastle stripÂ Â
Claudio Cacapa -shown in action for Newcastle some time in the future
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