To us there seems no doubt that Newcastle would like to bring a world class player to the club before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
There will be speculation as to who that player could (or should) be – but one player we think would really fit at Newcastle – if he could be persuaded to join us – is Deco of Barcelona.
So let’s take a look at him and his career – and our chances of getting him.
The name of Deco and Raul came up yesterday when a source close to Ashley revealed:
“Now Mike has overall control of Newcastle he wants to make a statement of intent to the rest of world football.
“He wants to land a global superstar to show he means business and make everyone sit up and take notice.
“Mike hopes to move over the next few weeks as Raul and Deco face uncertain futures.”
Apparently Deco has been offered to Newcastle by Barcelona – as the Spanish club try to lure Frank Lampard over the summer. Deco is no doubt an excellent player who has had a lot of success in his career so far – and would bring a winning attitude and some real class to the squad. Whether we could attract such a player to Newcastle – after his time at Barcelona – is debatable. It would have been easier if we had some European competition for him – and it’s a serious flaw that we cannot at least for next season.
Here is a player who has won the European Champions League twice – once with Jose Mourinho’s Porto side in 2004 and then with Barcelona in 2006. He also won the UEFA Cup with Porto and Jose Mourhino in 2003.
Deco arrived at Portugal in 1997 at the age of 19 from Brazilian club Corinthians Alagoano to play for Lisbon side SL Benfica. Benfica decided to loan Deco to Portuguese Liga de Honra side FC Alverca where he played for a season. Deco was close to renewing his contract with Benfica but the Lisbon club and the player’s representative could not reach an agreement. The manager at that time, Graeme Souness, did not believe he would develop into a player worth keeping (wrong again).
Subsequently Deco was traded to Oporto side S.C. Salgueiros in the 1998-99 season, playing 12 games and scoring two goals. His performances caught the eye of FC Porto’s staff, and during the winter transfer window, he was sold to Porto. He then played for Porto for five years and appeared 148 times for them and scored 32 goals.
In June, 2004, Deco told a Portuguese radio station he would join English side Chelsea (then coached by Mourinho) following Euro 2004. He said the transfer deal between Porto and Chelsea had been all but finalized â€“ but for whatever reason (we think it was Deco’s choice) it didn’t happen and he joined Barcelona a couple of weeks later. He has since played for Barcelona 127 times and scored 18 goals. He has now played a total of 318 first class club games scoring 65 goals.
A Brazilian by birth Deco was never called up for the Brazilian squad and in 2002, having completed six years of Portuguese residence, he received Portuguese citizenship. After many months of public discussion which split Portuguese public opinion, he was called up for the Portuguese squad in 2003. He is of course now a regular for Portugal having represented his adopted country 46 times scoring 3 goals.
If Deco is released by Barcelona expect Newcastle to have severe competition from other clubs â€“ but our best chance is to have Sam convince him that a new era is dawning at Newcastle under English Billionaire Mike Ashley and great things are expected in this new era under Allardyce. We have been in contact with Barcelona recently for both Edmilson and Gudjohnsen so perhaps some of this may have already started. Whether that will be enough we don’t know. It may be that this year is not the year to attract world class talent until we have proved our mettle next season – and can at least offer these players European football.
However Mike Ashley knows that a world class signing this summer would further electrify the Newcastle faithful – and we think he’s right about that.