Newcastle United and Others Offered Julio Baptista

The main news today seems to be that we’ve been offered Real Madrid attacking midfielder Julio Baptista.


Julio Baptista – future again under speculation

It’s not the first time we’ve been linked with Baptista, and the fact that Real Madrid are coming to Newcastle with the player, is not a particularly good sign.

It seems they are more willing to get rid of him than other clubs may be of signing him.

Julio is deemed surplus to requirements at Madrid, and he spent a season at Arsenal from 2006-2007, but Arsene Wenger decided not to pick up the option to buy him last summer.

Julio has played around 59 times for Real Madrid since 2005, with 11 goals, and he played 24 times for Arsenal last year with 11 goals.

He could not however nail down a first team place at Arsenal, and Newcastle were even linked with the player last summer, as he eventually returned to Madrid.

The 6ft tall attacking midfielder has played 41 times for Brazil and scored 10 goals, and started his career in Sao Paulo back in 2000. He played for Seville from 2003 before joining Real Madrid three years ago.

Baptista started last season well, and he was able to keep Guti on the bench, but towards the end of the season he again lost his place in the team, which has led to more speculation regarding his future. Guti has of course played over 340 times for the Real Madrid powerhouse.

Newcastle are now among a number of English clubs who have been alerted to his availability.

Apparently Tottenham have already been offered the player and have turned down the chance to sign him.

We think we should do the same as Tottenham, because we can do better, but we will certainly need to speed up our incoming players, that’s for sure, with just one week before pre-season training starts.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

49 comments so far

  • Wezside

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t want him, not suited for the english game i reckon

  • Pete

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it’s complete bullshit, as is 99% of all the links appearing in the media the last few months. We’ll see when the window opens

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    not suited for premier league, he is a moaner and why would he want to come back after slating the premier league so much

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    More paper twaddle by the sun (scumbags).

    You are right Ed, we need to get moving in the TM because at this rate we will will have to field half our reserve team when the season kicks off against Manure…


  • Leo

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    he is a good attacking midfielder his goal record is good and he is very strong

    he is suited to the premiership btw and would do well if he had a good run in the team

    also better than what we have, however he is likely to demand high wages

  • Hammy

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    We need up and comers…….not somebody elses cast off’s…

  • Ross G

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    He wasnt a failure at Arsenal he wasnt bad scored some important goals, and never really got a chance to stay in the side. His attitude there was good also as he rarely started never complained, like at Real. He scored the a hat-trick in the Confederations Cup final against Argentina. He also scored a hat-trick against Liverpool in the cup. At a reasonable price say £4-5m earlier quoted at £6m he would be a useful addition. Dont forget this guy was converted to AM from an out and out striker at Sevilla where he was the top scorer in La Liga a few years back. I would gamble on him he is better than Alan Smith, and more versatile

  • beye the great

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    i think he would be a decent signing n who said he wasnt suited for the epl he is big strong n little bit of pace n if thats not suited to the epl then i dont know what is he would be a good signing though i stil think we can do better

  • Quazi

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Alan Smith or Julio Baptista? You decide

  • daiv

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Alan Smith will score a goal this season but we will have to play him every game. I reckon he’ll score about game 34.

  • Dan

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Would absolutely love Julio here at Newcastle!
    I for one think he done well for Arsenal

  • gorskino10

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    hes kind old at 28 for Ashley he wants to buy younger players so you can get more out of em. We should ask real madrid for Higuin and go to Mallorca for Guiza he was clinical last year

  • Daniel

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Boulharouz and Baptista or Rozanhal and Ameobi…

    Decisions, decisions, decisions

    gorskino10 – isnt Guiza off to Turkey? or did I imagine that?

  • Alex

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    11 goals in 24 games is not a bad return for a midfielder in his one season in the premiership think he could be a very good buy. Real are trying to raise funds for their attempt to sign Ronaldo , and know that they will get more money from a premiership club than from any where else , that’s why they are offering him to English clubs.He is definitely better than the midfielders that we now have

  • Terry

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed where on earth are you getting your stats from? He scored 3 goals in 24 league games for Arsenal, and 10 goals in 35 games total.

    Also gorskino10, he’s only 26, perfect age and a ton better than Smith.

  • robertsa

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    i agree with dan. espicially as we are not gunn aget arshavin or turan . baptista would be a powerhouse in midfield and you cant say his attitude is that bad this is coming from supporters with joey barton on our team.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    what u on about robertsa, what has joey barton being on our team got to do with julio baptista’s attitude????????

  • robertsa

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    people saying baptista is moaner and they dont want him
    barton smacks teenagers but weve got him
    its not the best point in the world but it is true. dont matter about attitude as long as they are good

  • Geordie Boot Boy

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    I agree with robertsa Baptista would be a power house in our midfield, people allways say how baptista failed in england, but Arsenal used him as a striker if you look at any match where baptista is playing at his best it is usually as an attacking midfielder playing behind 2 strikers, ide love to see the beast in a toon shirt

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Haha we are a deluded bunch! I have seen some things before, but fans turning down players of this quality, and size and skill and goalscoring record, merely because he isn’t wanted by Real Madrid anymore…CRAZY!!! (Same thing was said when linked with Henry as well…)
    Lets get one thing straight, Wenger wanted to keep him! He couldn’t afford him and didn’t necessarily need him, so wasn’t going to be forced into spending that much money! He is much better than half our squad, and would compliment some of our better players! If we get the option to buy on the cheap then get him, and the fact Real Madrid are trying to get rid gives us a strong negotiating stance!

  • Kaler

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    If we could get him for under £6m i’d take him as long as he didn’t demand stupidly high wages. Hes better than Geremi, and probably better than Barton who is going to take a little while to find any sort of form after his stretch. If we don’t sack him that is.

    Surplus to requirements at two of the best teams in the world doesn’t mean he is useless, but I still think there is a younger cheaper better option out there for us. Wouldn’t hurt KK to keep him in the back of his mind though.

  • Kaler

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #22

    He only scored 3 in 24 for arse, not 11 in 24, Ed has got that slightly wrong

  • valle

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23

    I still see him as better than any att mid we have, do we even have one? and the fact that Real are trying to get rid of him could well be because of the fact that the need to free up resources for the Ronaldo transfer.

  • Nenad The Serbian Mag

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    He’s a goot player, totally wasted both at Madrid and at Arse. I reckon he’s better of playing as a striker, and I think he would be an excellent signing for Newcastle, and a good man upfront for Keegan to rely on. Provided he doesn’t get silly high wages, of course…

    The man was fantastic at Sevilla, and not bad at all at Arse in his only season in England. How many World Cup winners we will be able to attract this summer….?

    Get im in I say if the price is right!

  • ToonKing

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #25

    he is far from being a brilliant player, but he’s good and quite simply i like him, so i would welcome him.

    plus i have this vision of us beeing a real bruiser team and kicking everyone’s arses, literally 😀 , along with Butt, Barton, Smudger, Baptista fits right in.

  • Bob

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #26

    I agree with Honoury Gerodie, who are we to turn down a player of this calibre?

    Better than most of our central midfield- if not all – and would bring immense strength to our our forward line, should we play him there.


    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    certainly far better than what we’ve got and a proven player at a high level. i agree we shouldn’t be looking at other people’s cast-offs in general but this lad is quality and would give us some much needed power and flair

  • Ross R

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #28

    He would replace Smith (ZERO in 340743) so 3 in 24 is not a bad ratio. If we could get him for that price I think he would be a very good signing.

  • Dillon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #29

    good player

  • Bigals09

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Any one on here over 12 years old?

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Again, i’m just not sure.

    Whether he failed or not at Arsenal, he certainly wasnt good enough for Wenger and did get to many starts in the league.
    I’m not even sure what his position is, we do need an attacking midfielder and if this is his position then i would be more open minded than if we bought him as a striker!

  • Joe Toon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Id have hime. He’s quick, strong, robust and has a killer shot! And he’s not suited to the premershp? Haha.

    Look what he did at seville before madrid! Never really got a chance at madrid, and when he played at arsenal he did the job. He’d frighten other CM and Defences in the prem

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #33


    “Lets get one thing straight, Wenger wanted to keep him! He couldn’t afford him and didn’t necessarily need him, so wasn’t going to be forced into spending that much money!”

    what are you talking about? why are you pretending to know what wengers plans were etc. Your just guessing or going by paper talk.

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #34

    and he is not as quick as people think, his dribbling on the ball and reaction time makes martins look like aaron lennon

  • clinta

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #35

    kind of depends on how much they want for him i guess?? i mean if he’s really cheap? but that said his wage demands would be higher than we’d probably except at the moment.

    We definately do need players in a central midfield role though.

  • Darryl

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Must of looked on Wikipedia to get the stats… and misread that he actually scored 11 goals for real madrid, and re read the same stat for the arsenal section directly underneath, while 10 goals in 35 games is better than smith.

    So while 11 goals isnt accurate, he did score 10 in 35 ( all competitions )

  • Tore Torell

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #37

    3 in 24? He grabbed 4 or 5 in one match against Liverpool so that can’t be right.

    Baptista is a really good player, if we play him right he could be a hit. He’s at his best when playing in the hole behind the striker, Martins and Baptista would be very exciting! At 6m I’d give it a go!


    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d take him! everytime i’ve seen him in the madrid team he’s played well! guti is a f**kn wet noodle! soft in the tackle! they call Baptista the “BEAST” we could do with that in our mid! not to mention he can fill in up front when vid is knackered! mind you would sill like crouch in for that spot up top! him & Vids could battle it out! heard pool only want £8m for him now! lets get in there!


    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Bigalso9, do you mean physical age or mental age. 🙂


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