Friday, June 22, 2007

Barcelona selling former untouchable

Barcelona have put Premiership clubs Chelsea and Liverpool on alert that once untouchable midfielder Deco will be sold this summer.

The news comes as the emerging consensus within the club feel Barcelona need an overhaul as questions of the level of commitment have been raised by club president Joan Laporta. A third successive league title slipped from Barca’s hands as they led La Liga at the halfway point of the season.

Only six months ago Deco was viewed as a key member of the team and any offer would have been rejected, no longer. Laporta said certain players were staying including Ronaldinho, Messi and Eto'o, but the list notably lacked Deco. A Catalan paper said Deco was given a warning mid-season about his performances and they did not improve. An unnamed source claims Deco will be sold as a warning to the rest of the squad to reinvest their energies into the club or risk the same fate.

Sensing the shifting tide, last week Deco mentioned a desire to play in the Premiership and remains close to Jose Mourinho, his former manager at FC Porto. Chelsea and Liverpool are said to be keenly interested in signing the influential playmaker. Both Rafa Benitez and Mourinho are great admirers of the player’s talent and could get the Brazilian born, Portuguese international at a cut rate price.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither club are going to splash out on an over 30 player

6/22/2007 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Ole said...

And neither club really needs a playmaker. Lampard / Essien / Ballack and Alonso / Gerrard. This is an old story that you've not-very-cleverly recycled. Nothing news? The season must be over...

6/22/2007 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Barcaloon said...

Reports were in the spanish papers yesterday, I am in spain. There was speculation months ago deco would be sold but the club is about to make it official is what I have read and they are going to approach parties interested in the past.

6/22/2007 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jamie carragher(liverpool vice-captain) has been sending around text`s saying liverpool have signed THIERRY HENRY

6/22/2007 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where on earth would he fit in at Chelsea? Cannot see this happening.
Midfielders at Chelsea at the mo:
Ballack Lampard, Essien Obi Mikel, Sidwell etc. No way will they buy him

6/23/2007 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deco, Ronaldinho, and Messi will be at The Free Kick Masters 2007 in Houston, Texas USA on December 22, 2007.
We are considering giving away signed tee shirts, jerseys, balls, etc. and having some contests online. Any suggestions?

6/25/2007 5:23 PM  
Anonymous David Leigh said...

While Laporta is right to question the commitment of some of the Barça players, Deco wouldn't be on that list for me. Obviously Laporta is privy to information I'm not, but I would be surprised if Deco does go. Now Samuel Eto'o's dedication I would question though.

7/11/2007 1:33 PM  
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