The local Sunday Sun is reporting today that Newcastle United are preparing a Â£15M summer swoop for 30 year-old Barcelona star Deco.
Deco – Kevin Keegan keen to bring midfielder to Tyneside
Apparently the Tyneside club have also identified fellow Portuguese international 21 year-old Joao Moutinho, as an alternative midfield target if their bid for Deco fails. But Moutinho would cost a lot more than Â£15M if we were to get him from Sporting Lisbon.
The Sunday Sun reveals this morning a Newcastle delegation has already met with the Brazilian-born 30-year-oldâ€™s agent, Jorge Mendes, in the last couple of weeks. And the news is that they have not been dissuaded from testing Barcelonaâ€™s resolve to hang on to a player who is no longer a starter for them, but is still a great little player.
Deco has started only half of Barcelonaâ€™s league games this season and has publicly wondered about his future at Barcelona over the last year. Newcastle were linked with a move for Deco last summer but nothing ever materialized.
Newcastle are also said to be willing to pay big bucks to the Portuguese International, and are willing to go to Â£100K- a-week. They will need to do something like that to persuade the player to come to Tyneside, since we can offer no European football next season. Chelsea and Tottenham are also tracking the player, and of course they can both offer him European football next season.
We think 21 year-old Moutinho would be a better long term buy for the club, and Kevin was at Ibrox on Thursday night to watch him play for Sporting Lisbon against Rangers. Of course w’ve already been linked with quite a few players on show during that game so we’re not really sure which ones Kevin really likes.
Moutinho would cost a lot more than the Â£15M required to bring Deco to Tyneside. He doesn’t turn 22 year-old until September. yet he has already played 171 times for Sporting Lisbon and scored 15 goals and has represented Portugal 11 times.
If Joao did become available there would be a big scramble from the big English clubs for his signature, and we wouldn’t stand much of a chance to sign him.
We’ll have to go one step at a time and maybe the season after next, when hopefully we’ll be able to offer European football, we’ll be able to attract more players to the club. If we can get Deco that would be a good start to our summer transfers. Deco has played for Portugal 51 times and scored 3 times.