It’s hard to believe that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will try to sign new free agent Adriano, after the former Brazilian International striker was released by AS Roma.
Brazil and former AS Roma striker Adriano – now a free agent
The news that Pardew was looking to sign Adriano in the summer seems far fetched, and he just doesn’t fit the profile of players Newcastle want to sign – young players who can still improve, not older players who are way past their best and on the decline.
Those are the types of players – like Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert as one example back in 2004 – that Newcastle used to sign and hand them top wages – and then discover they were nothing like as good as when they were in their prime – surprise, surprise.
And one question we should be asking is why did AS Roma cancel the Brazilian’s contract? It’s hardly because he has looked good in training and he’s appeared only 7 times for the Italian club this season.
There was news on Adriano within the last week that Roma would indeed ditch the player, who has had had lots of problems with both drink and drugs lately, and the Italian club did release a statement yesterday saying they had indeed terminated the 29 year-old’s contract.
Adriano also made this statement:
”I wish to make it known that I reached an agreement today for an amicable early termination of the contract that was expected to last until June 30th 2013.”
Since Adriano is a free agent, he could be signed by any club right now, and some reports suggest Alan Pardew is already in for the player, but we find that so hard to believe.
But maybe Alan can be asked today what the deal is on Adriano, because yesterday he said the rumors that he was bringing in an older player in Roma’s 30 year-old John Arne Riise, who played at Liverpool for eight seasons, were just not true.
We hope to hear something from Alan on this deal in the next day or two – and if he says nothing, perhaps Newcastle are after the player – but that would come as a huge surprise.
The only thing that would make any sense is if Newcastle signed him on a short term deal on a trial basis through the end of the season, and then see how he does, and if he does well, then Newcastle can always offer him a longer term contract in the summer.
Adriano has played for Flamengo, Inter Milan, Fiorentina (loan), Parma, Sao Paulo (loan) and Roma and in 354 first class club games, he has scored 165 goals.
The Rio de Janeiro born striker, who stands 6’3? tall, has played 48 times for Brazil with 27 goals and at one time was an excellent player.
What do you think?