Newcastle Linked With Chelsea’s Alex


Newcastle have today been linked with Chelsea’s Brazilian International center-back Alex, but we wonder if there’s any truth to the story.

Alex – experienced Brazilian International available for £3M?
Certainly it  didn’t take long for somebody to link the transfer listed Alex with Newcastle, whether it’s actually  true or not.

One thing that immediately comes to mind is that he may be too old at 29, but it’s true that Newcastle need to add a center-back to the ranks next month, after Steven Taylor injured his Achilles and is out for the season.

Mike Ashley met with Alan Pardew yesterday and apparently his first question was – “Where is our center-half then?”

Both Nicolas Anelka and Alex – his full name is Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa – I think we’ll stick with Alex – have been told they can leave.

And Anelka will be off to China next month to Shanghai Shenhua,  and a reported £9M a year, and he becomes the fifth best-paid player in the world at 32 – it’s all so silly.

It seems that Andres Villas-Boas is desperate to get rid of  Anelka and Alex, and the fee asked for the Brazilian would not be large, but it could still be too much for Newcastle to pay for a 29 year-old.

That also goes against the Newcastle policy of signing younger players, like 22 year-old James Tomkins of West Ham.

The news is that Alex could cost £3M,  but we don’t know what his wages are, and they could be too much for the Tyneside club, who prefer to buy younger players on lower wages.

We think it could depend on how Newcastle fare in the transfer market,  when they go after younger players next month, but on the playing side of things, Alex would seem to fit the bill at Newcastle.

Alex has enormous experience, and he would right in at the back and offer significant competition to the other center-backs at Newcastle.

The 6’3″ center-back joined Chelsea from PSV in 2007,  and has played 133 times with 10 goals for Chelsea, and he’s played 18 times for Brazil.

It’s hard to think that Alex would be a long term solution, although he’s the same age as Coloccini, who is hoping to get a new five year deal to stay at the Tyneside club.

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73 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    No thanks!

    £3m?! We got SanToon for £5m and could get a much younger player with more opportunity for development.

    Sincerely hope we don’t make a panic buy!

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    If they can get him in

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  • dmac

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Alex is a proven premier league Cb with bags of experience and talent. He is also younger than colo so dont get the age issue.

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    wouldn’t shock me if he signed on loan for the rest of the season to cover Taylor!

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  • beddersmag

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    If he will fit into our wage structure id snap their hands off for 3m. Theres a time place for young centre halfs and this isnt it. We need someone up to speed at premier level and he fits the bill for a small outlay initially. Taking a risk on a youngster in that position could see us slide down the table. Dont let that happen please

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Satan // Dec 16, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    £35m by the looks of it….very costly heating system eh? Nothing left of the AC money so Llambias reckoned.

    GeordieGerman // Dec 16, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Satan, no he didn’t. he said some of it would be kept back in case of emergencies (injuries) in January.

    I had to go out for a couple of hours and came back to this:

    Satan // Dec 16, 2011 at 6:57 AM
    Geordiegerman, no he said the Carroll transfer money was virtually all spent through agents fees, signing on fees and improvements to the training facilities….this was said in early close season….check your facts before you open your gob.
    So here you are Satan and notice they are nearly all wrote by anti board (Ashley, Llambias) people.

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/VENT+YOUR+SPLEEN.-a0261072180

    ”* WHEN NUFC sold Carroll we were assured that all the money would be spent on players that would excite us, so far this has not happened.

    When questions are asked about the promise to spend all the money on new quality players we have been fobbed off with statements that the money is being used on improving the training ground, wages and agents fees etc. The latest claim by D Lambias that some of Carroll’s money will be held back for the January transfer window is a joke. In the past, NUFC’s transfer activity in January has been nil and everybody knows that no club will consider selling good players halfway though the season. Please, NUFC please don’t treat us as fools!”

    AH DAVIES,

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/tf/editorials.nsf/0/3C3EB3E08045E7FB802578CA002750FC?OpenDocument

    ”Derek Llambias, Mike Ashley’s hard to like Managing Director told us some of the money received from the Carroll deal would be kept back for January in case we needed to spend then too.”

    As you said pal. Check your facts before you open your gob. Although I’d say hit those keys.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    if he’s so good why is the manager that sees him in training everyday so keen to let him go? Lets use our brains here. He may have been good in the past, but there are younger better defenders available for the same price.

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  • southerntoon

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    get him!! i agree with ashley’s policy of get them young and allow them to develop, but we need an experienced center half now! plus i think alex and colo would be an outstanding pairing, he’s not that old for a center half either, if we’re willing to give colo a five year deal then getting this guy for 3 million should be a no brainer.

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  • AMEOBI

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Alex for 3M?!
    Take that any day, yeah AVB (chelsea manager) he’s got better players than him and clearly will buy in January

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  • alext109

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    He is a good player and having him and Colo together would be a good partnership both with their height and both being from S.America can communicate effectively.

    Agree with most comments though that if is wages are too high then Ashley won’t sign him even if he is same age as Colo.
    Though at £3m, having already handed in a transfer request and being out of contract in the summer sounds like a good deal.

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  • BoomBoom

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Can’t believe we’ve still got people hung up on the Carroll money. We don’t need to spend big to be big again. Look at the respect clubs like arsenal get, and they’ve never spent big.

    Slowly slowly catchy monkey.

    Now I’ll sit back and wait for the sh*t!!!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Toonbrother – whos the younger and better defenders available for £3million? Tomkins is no where near as good and he isnt very experienced… Alex could get a 5 year deal hes a beast he scores goals loves a tackle and most importantly hes class and gor £3million for someone who will last 5 years maybe more its an absalute bargain plus him and colo :/ be class partnership.. And Alex smashing 40 yard free kicks in

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  • JackButler

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    3mil is a good deal, unless Carr can pull another rabbit out of the hat, have read that we will go back for James Tompkins

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    @ Toonbrother – that’d be the same manager who picks Luiz for centrehalf week in week out! As far as Alex goes, seems chelsea fans all really rate him, not sure what wages he’s on. chances are he might just want to play football! Still not sure we’re not in for Gary Cahill! He’s on a free transfer in the summer! As is Chris Samba! Im also pretty sure tomkins contract is running low! An amazing january for us would be Samba, Hoilett and Maiga!

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    From the previous post:

    “James Perch Likely To Start Against Swansea”

    Looks like Pardew hasnt learnt sh*t as many of you did not believe.
    I said it I will say it again i will be VERY surprised if we won against swansea this is all looking like bad string of games at our OWN FAULT and bad rosters….what a joke though I would never se the day we implode ourselves on the pitch…

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Hoillett keep dreaming Jay, I WISH…he is probably off to manure Liverpool or the likes….Samba too damn that guy he owns his little six yard box….what a great buy that would be…

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    posted this a few threads ago, that we have been linked with Michael ciani of bordeaux

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    The wholle Tiote thing… Silly money would have bough Maldini but didnt…. Silly money would have bough Shearer but it didnt, silly money would have gotten a lot of great players but it didnt cause club though PAST the money….TIote is that type of player that OOzes NUFC…. but go ahead and sell him…

    I am not quite interested in a lot that will be said how we got another good CDM but its not the same….its not Tiote….and to me thats a little bit of the Newcastle soul that is gone…just like St. James’s…. Just like Shearer….Just like Sir Bobby….

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    yeah, would be dreaming! both contracts are up in June though! Apparantly Hoilett is a smart lad when it comes to his career (shown that by not signing the 5 year contract blackburn want to shove at him) and I honestly think signing for Newcastle would be his best choice at this stage in his career! He wouldn’t start at Man city, man utd, arsenal, chelsea, or spurs, liverpool spent 20m on henderson for that position! Really leaves us and Everton that play the fast attacking game that would suit him that are challenging for the top half! Samba I agree would walk into most sides!

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Hoillett would easily start ahead of the frustration called Obertan

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Gorgonzola! Gotta argue there mate! Silly money did buy shearer! Only we were the ones buying! World record at the time like! Maldini was playing for a club winning european cups and challenging for titles, he was on mahoosive wages and his career was played in the 90’s when serie A was considered the cream of the crop! Any move for Maldini would have been a step down! Just look at Man Utd when they sold Ronaldo! Possibly the best player in the world, definately in the top 2! even he had a price!

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #23

    not to mention, in his final year here, Shearer was one of the highest payed players in the world, 120k a week i do believe! We don;t pay half of that to anyone now!

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #24

    “Possibly the best player in the world, definately in the top 2! even he had a price!” and where are they now?

    Look Shearer had a price whist at NUFC…to me Shearer came here cause he really wanted….and Tiote WANTS to stay the club is making him shift….. and in positions like that it never really works for the player I reckon….

    But whatever another piece of soul is being given away in an already soulless club…

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Think we look at shearer coming here a bit too nostalgically actually! We made him the highest payed played in the league, paid a world record fee for him and we’d missed the title by an inch the season before! We were a top challenging team, he didn’t join because it was his home town club, he joined because we were a top, champions league playing, club that paid massive wages and played good football! We’re not anymore! We need to realise, tiote going or staying, ultimately is upto him! If he says he wants to go, he will, and if he refuses to leave, he has a 5 year contract, it doesnt matter if we accept a 100m offer for him if he refuses to leave!

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #26

    gorgonzola? where are they now? If you mean ronaldo, he’s playing for 1 of the favourites for the champions league sitting at the top of la liga….and if you mean man utd, since Ronaldo left they’ve won the league and been in a champions league final…..not sure what your point is!

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #27

    I suppose…..

    He is stilla NUFC player…..for me….

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #28

    You can say what you want also but Carroll is a Jordie….he would score goals if he wasnt at Scumpool thats for sure 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #29

    The thing with Buying Cheap and selling dear is that you never move forwards. if you buy cheap and hold onto them till you establish something is a different scenario like Ronaldo of Manu, not arsenal’s nasri, wilshere & ramsey who i think will move on

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30

    well said Indian

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Giggs must have been a bargain back in his day…he had a price…he stayed

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  • ChicagoToon

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #32
  • GeordieDan

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #33

    On a lighter note…

    Apparently Bendtner and Crapermole for the Scum have been arrested for smashing cars up in Stowell street, Newcastle.

    Ho ho ho Merry Xmas. What a pair of jingle bellends.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #34

    thank you

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #35

    On a silly note

    i hope tottenham see a bit of stoke in scumberland and go for revenge

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #36

    Giggs a bargain? if you were older than 12 you’d know that a young ryan giggs was regarded as 1 of the worlds top players, would have cost a fortune to buy! Im also fairly sure Alex Ferguson has said in the past how surprised he has been that no1 ever tried to sign ryan giggs!

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  • Jan Stavik

    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Fine defender, I’d take him. Alex and Coloccini would form a great partnership at the back. His wages might be the stumbling block here, he’s probably at something like 80k a week

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  • markmac

    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #38

    @33 what a pair of twats, should be made to buy everyone whos car they damaged a brand new 1…. where did i park my skoda again lol

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  • Offkey

    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #39

    GG – this was the actual quote of DL, I said it on the other thread

    Satan and GG – This is taken from DL

    “We have paid good prices for them. They certainly weren’t free transfers, there are fees and wages to consider. “It is our responsibility to make sure we look after the club responsibly. “If we spent all the money on players this summer, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN JANUARY IF WE NEED TO BRING SOMEBODY ELSE IN? We are using the money sensibly.”

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  • JackButler

    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    If we do sell someone in Jan can we please at least try to get their replacement lined up before hand and not leave ourselves short, scrambling around again?

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