Newcastle Transfer Update on Portugal’s Deco

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 – 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 – 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.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    deco a think this would be a top notch deal but thers just no beliving it at the moment a hope that my sceptisisim is rong n we do but at the miniuet am keeping my hopes down

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2 reckons he will have a medical this week

  • Greg B

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #3

    I think he will sign. At 29 he still has a few good years in him and while I do think the money on offer will be the main reason for him comming he seems to be a model profesional and Im sure he would give his all for the team.
    I dont usually go with the dangling a carrot method (ie pay a player what he wants to get him to come) but Im sure Owen wouldnt be at the club if we didnt. Deco would be a fantastic addition, no matter what we pay him.

  • cooldj

    Jul 9, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    better than emre-but cant see it happening-can’t see him playing in the highly competitive,much faster premier league where he’d be pushed about and more hurried

  • jeff

    Jul 9, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    If we sign Deco I can see Emre being sold…we have enough midfielders at the club so some will probably leave or want to leave….I dont think we need a big name or world known player to sign,Id prefer players who are grafters and who want to wear the shirt with pride…Not some player who is coming for the money offered same old story in my eyes…Sam said he only wanted players who will sweat blood for the toon maybe deco will do that time will tell but we all know we need that defence strengthened and quick.

  • simen e

    Jul 9, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    it depends on the price! i’m a bit tired of us signing all the players who are not good enough for other top clubs! isn’t that what we’d like to be.. a top club?

  • Obafan

    Jul 9, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I prefer Riquelme above Deco

  • Obafan

    Jul 9, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #8

    I prefer Riquelme above Deco. But if Deco commits his future to NUFC I would be really pleased, cause he’s a great player. Though we should look first to strengthen our defence, cause that’s our main goal.

    When does the team leave Austria? After they returned I think new deals will come out…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #9

    simon e – but i think you have to build up to that – it’s hard to do it in a single season. get a solid squad this year – if we can finish in top 7 and qualify for Europe – great – then we have to build up the squad to be even better next summer at this time – and so on.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Riquelme would be great in the Premiership – and with a b/w shirt on !

  • valle

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Since we are to spend big on 1 player, why one earth not buy a world class defender to shore up our defense… Puyol perhaps?, i heard rumours that he is unhappy at Barca. If is has to be an attacking player for the larger image those often bring, then a new right wing would be the ideal solution imo… Only problem is, i cant think of a world class right wing. Any suggestions?

  • Soren

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Deco would be excellent. He makes great passes and with Owen/Martins up front, they could enjoy his passes, and he could enjoy their speed and finishing. Also he is great at taking free kicks.

  • Todd

    Jul 9, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Deco is a great creative midfielder but the team needs defenders. Why are they shopping Barcelona for offense players and shopping the pathetic French League for defenders? The team is chock full of midfielder players but can’t defend a set play to save its life…big name guy or not; Deco is an example of focusing on the wrong stuff in the wrong place if you ask me.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 9, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #14

    With all the extra news coming through it’s looking like Deco may be on his way. Don’t forget we’ve been in Barcelona quite a few times presumably after Edmilson and Gudjohnsen – but maybe we’ve also been asking about Deco – and even Raul. Wouldn’t it be something if we announced 3-4 signings from Barcelona before the end of the week.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 9, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Todd – not doubt about it – we need another 3 defenders – the sooner the better.

  • valle

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed… Sure that would be great, but i just dont see why we bought Barton then. Surely a fit Edmilson and Deco would be first choice.

  • cooldj

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #17

    edmilson can play at CB…

  • valle

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #18

    “The Magpies have privately played down speculation linking them with Barcelona midfielder Deco and Real Madrid star Raul, although their interest in Heinze is more concrete”… From the Daily Mail.

  • jacobmannjones

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Deco would be a good signing for BSA, but I’m not sure that his star-rating is as high as what ashley is hoping to lure to SJP. Now a couple of his team-mates may truly be in the offing and offer that “shock heard ’round the futbol world”.

  • FCBnews

    Jul 9, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry guys, but I think you are dreaming. No disrespect, but why would a player like Deco go to a club like Newcastle? He is still a very important part of Barça’s team and I’m sure he’s looking forward to having a crack at winning another Champions League. You might get Edmilson in January, Gudjohnsen possibly, but his father/agent has said he prefers to stay at Barça, but if Deco signs for Newcastle I’ll eat my keyboard.

  • Cathal

    Jul 9, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #21

    i think we shud buy edmilson and gudjohnson even if we dont want them that much just to get deco haha! he wud b sum signing!

  • Cathal

    Jul 9, 2007 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #22

    ed-haha and with speculation about eto’o (i know its complete bullshit) that you hav prob seen on tribal football then that wud b -edmilson, eto’o, deco, gudjohnson, guily and didnt i hear marquez is being sold so gaby miltio can b brought in!! haha imagine that, half of the barca dream team from 05/06 season at newcastle! now thats utter fantasty!!haha

  • Geordio Cubano

    Jul 9, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Hahaha, well said FCB, I think the takeover has given some people a bit of a skewed perspective on the Toon and our prospects for players. Anyone who thinks that Deco is anything other than a world class playmaker should ask a Barca fan – I know a few and they are livid at the prospect of losing him whilst encouraging the departure of Gudjonnson (although most of us I would say are definitely fans of his from his time at Chelski). I agree wholeheartedly that the defence needs a massive shake-up but its also true that quality defenders are easier and cheaper to come across than world-class playmakers, which the Toon also desperately need. Last year it was a bit sickening watching our attacking moves unravel so cheaply due to a chronic lack of footballing imagination. We have some good attacking players but most are functional team players rather than flair playmakers that everyone looks first to pass the ball through. We really lack someone who can deliver an incisive through ball or put a chance, in space, on a plate for a striker. Someone that the rest of the team, many who might excel in their individual positions, to play around and be th ecreative hub of the team. Someone who, when the chips are down, can pull some magic flair out of the hat and give us an edge. Seems to me that we’ve never really replaced Pedro (apart from cameos from Tino mebbes). Also with Big Sam’s penchant for set piece play I reckon he’d want a set piece taker of much higher calibre than presently available to him. I find it astonishing that people are questioning the capability or suitability of Deco for us – are you new to the club or did you see any of the real horrorshow that was last season? I can understand the desire to prioritise the defence, any sane geordie would agree that we’ve needed that for about a decade now, but if we have the cash and it won’t displace our defensive efforts then we should seriously look at bringing someone like Deco in if we have a sniff of a chance. I suspect, like many posters have already said, that we might have to wait until next year.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #24

    valle – we need more than one good player at each position – Sam has already said he wants 2 in each position to fight it out – just like Mourinho does it at Chelsea.

  • sam gardner

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #25


  • emma nsubuga

    Jul 11, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #26

    am one of the few lovers of the great newcastle here in kampala Uganda, but i would like to use this opportunity to pass on my comments about our team. so far am delighted by the signings that Big Sam has made so far but still want him try his luck on both DECO and BEYE coz i really believe that Beye would be better than the aging CARR. Deco will make our mid-field one of the most feared in the premiership coz of the attacking threat that he brings and on this I would adviswe big SAM not to let go of any of our killer scorers(Owen, Oba, n Viduka), Shola would not hurt me if he were released.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #27

    emma – great to hear from you in Uganda!
    Well Michael Owen is staying and we expect Oba to announce he’s staying after he meets with Sam tomorrow at training. Then we’ll have 4 terrific strikers – we even expect Shola to do very well under Sam.

  • emma nsubuga

    Jul 19, 2007 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #28

    so far am liking the flow of events in newcastle especially after that win in the friendly in which I saw my dear owen scoring, but I have to comment about the slowness in the transfer marke that we are showing, we should not fail on the pursuit of that defender from palermo because I believe we need him; I dont think Rozenal will manage it alone.


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