We reported earlier that Sam Allardyce was interested in Arsenalâ€™s 22 year-old former Chelsea player Lassana Diarra. It turns out Big Sam also wants to bring Arsenalâ€™s Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva to Newcastle.
Gilberto Silva - Newcastle hot on the trail of Brazilian Captain
The classy holding midfielder has been reported to be unhappy this season, after being left out of the team for much of the season. William Gallas has also taken over the Arsenal captaincy from Gilberto.
The 31-year-old’s contract ends in June, 2009 and he has already admitted:
“My situation is not very comfortable on the bench.”
Gilberto joined Arsenal in 2002 and is also wanted by Juventus and Valencia, but reports suggest Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has put him at the top of his January shopping list, with backing from Chairman Chris Mort. But it will be interesting to see just what kind of fee Arsenal would want for the player, with his contract ending in 18 months.
Gilberto has 59 caps for Brazil and 3 goals and just turned 31 years old in October. In the summer he captained Brazil to their seventh Copa America win and has so far played 159 times for Arsenal, scoring 16 goals. He stands 6â€™3â€ tall.
We think Gilberto, with all his experience at Arsenal and in several World Cups with brazil, would be an excellent acquisition at Newcastle. Arsenal supporters will no doubt point out the player has not looked too good recently, but we know Big Sam has a knack of getting the very best out of older, talented players. Gilberto fits the mold and we think he could be a great signing for Newcastle in January, if we can get him.
What do you think?
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