We expect one of the new arrivals in January to Newcastle to be Edmilson, the Brazilian International, who has said for many months now that when his contract expires in June he will not be signing a new contract at Barcelona.
The Brazilian international center-back or defensive midfielder moved to Barcelona in 2004, and helped the Spanish giants to UEFA Champions League glory in 2006. We wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Edmilson arrives on Tyneside in early January.
Edmilson – admired for a long time by Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce
However, Edmilson has been troubled by an injury to his right knee since last Spring, which probably stopped Big Sam making a move for him in the summer transfer window, when he traveled to Barcelona to discuss a move with both Edmilson and his wife.
It was expected it would take until November for the 42 times capped Brazilian to get fully fit again, so heâ€™s probably approaching full fitness now. It seems a good time for Big Sam and Chairman Mort to check back with the Brazilian International and his club, Barcelona.
The 31-year-old, who has been played 79 times for Barcelona, has also been targeted by AC Milan. But we wouldnâ€™t be surprised if Sam has already made some kind of provisional deal with Barcelona and Edmilson. However, our current league position may be a little worrying. We had hoped we would have been higher in the league by now, and any drop before the end of the year, could potentially jeopardize a deal.
With all the defenders weâ€™ve brought in, we also thought that maybe we didnâ€™t need Edmilson, but the performances of the last few games has proved that we need as much class, at the back, as we can get. Edmilson certainly has that class, plus loads of experience at the very top level. He turned 31 last July and stands 6’1″ tall.
Edmilson is a perfect player for Big Sam, since he has resurrected many careers during his time at Bolton. Weâ€™ll soon start looking seriously at who Newcastle may bring in during January, but donâ€™t be surprised if Edmilson arrives at Newcastle early in January. We think Sam should also be able to get a good deal for the Brazilian, with just a little over 6 months of his contract left at Barcelona.
What do you think? Is Edmilson the type of player we need? We think so, but let’s hear what you think.
Comments are always very welcome.