Chelsea have been up to their old tricks again, as they splashed millions of pounds on a superstar name. Sometimes its just because they can, sometimes its because the board (or Mr R. Moneybags Abramovic) want to see the player, occasionally its because they need the player. This latest signing could just be the latter.
Deco is a player they have courted in a minor fashion for some time, and today they wrapped up an £8m transfer for him pretty quietly. The Portuguese (alleged) partyboy will sign on July 1st on a two-year deal. Deco himself said of the deal:
“It is good for me to be here and first of all I am very happy to be here,”(www.chelseafc.com)
30-year-old Deco was told he was surplus to requirements by new Barca coach Pep Guardiola, and the 8 million could look to be a tidy bit of business as he hasn’t featured prominently. There has been many stories of the playmaker’s partying antics, leading former coach Frank Rijkaard to leave him out of the team. New boss and ex-Portugal supremo “Big Phil” Scolari will stand for none of it.
Deco’s arrival could hasten the move of Frank Lampard to Inter Milan. It’s no secret that Lampard wants to be reunited with ex-gaffer Jose Mourinho. At least that is the view of BBC 5 Live’s football correspondent Jonathan Legard.
“Deco’s arrival looks like hastening the departure of Frank Lampard, who has done little to quell long-term speculation that he is bound for a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.
“Barring a last-minute change of heart on both sides it’s a question of when he signs in Italy, not if.”(Legard)
So Chelsea fans, will you be happy to wave goodbye to Frank and say hello to a man who has won 2 Champions League medals with 2 different clubs, or would you rather keep Lamps and think Red Rom should stop trying to build the new Galacticos?