The Daily Mail is reporting today that Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is in talks with Barcelona over a Â£3M deal to sign Brazilian right full back Juliano Belletti.
Belletti, who scored the winning goal in the Champions League Final against Arsenal in 2006, has recently been told he can leave the Spanish giants.
Juliano Belletti – Newcastle in for the Brazilian right-back at Â£3M?
Although the Mail says the Newcastle boss has yet to be given permission to speak with the versatile 31-year-old, Allardyce is said to be confident the Newcastle offer (which seems generous to us) will be accepted. If this is true Belletti would be an excellent signing for Newcastle since the Brazilian has class and experience and at 31 years old – is not that old for a Sam Allardyce signing.
We do think the fee is a little high for a 31 year-old but we’ll trust Sam has tracked Belletti for some time and knows what he’s doing. Sam certainly has an excellent record of attracting great players for very reasonable fees and we think Belletti would add class to Newcastle’s back line.
There is also talk that Sam may go after Phil Neville, the Everton captain and former Manchester United player. A bid of Â£4M has been mentioned in the press – but we don’t know if Sam will still do that deal – if he can attract Belletti to the club.
Some playing information on Belletti:
Juliano Haus Belletti (born June, 1976 in Cascavel, Brazil), often known as Belletti, is Brazilian, with an Italian passport, who currently plays for FC Barcelona. His natural position is right back, although he has played as a central defender in the past.
He started his career playing for Cruzeiro in 1993 (52 games 3 goals). In 1995 he moved to SÃ£o Paulo (214 games 19 goals), where he earned a starting place. In 1999 he played for AtlÃ©tico (17 games 5 goals). Rumors linked him with a move to La Liga side Valencia CF in 2001, but the move fell apart at the last minute and in 2002 he finally moved to fellow La Liga side Villarreal (59 games 6 goals).
In 2004, he signed for Barcelona (71 games no goals) where he became the first-choice right back and a key player in the squad. Belletti holds an Italian passport, allowing him to bypass the non-EU player restrictions in La Liga. He has been capped 23 times for the Brazilian national team, scoring 2 goals. Belletti was left out of the unsuccessful Brazil squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Let’s know what you think about this potential deal by Newcastle.