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Barcelona might appoint Deco as their new director of football

Julian Araujo

A few moments after Barcelona disclosed Jordi Cruyff’s impending departure, Fabrizio Romano reports that the La Liga champions are close to appointing former midfielder Deco as their new director of football. This week, Barcelona’s board experienced a period of chaos when sporting director Mateu Alemany decided to leave. He had shown interest to join Aston Villa. The Spaniard apparently discovered that the project offered to him by the Premier League club was not as good as it first appeared. As a result, he reversed his plan to work with Unai Emery. Thus Alemany offered to remain at Camp Nou, which president Joan Laporta accepted.

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Barcelona president Laporta wants Deco to succeed Jordi Cruyff

Deco’s appointment is certain to be nearing completion at Blaugrana. Deco, a former Barcelona midfielder, now works as a football agent. He was the frontrunner to succeed Alemany as the new director of football. However, Romano claims that the former Portuguese international is currently on the verge of replacing Jordi Cruyff, not Alemany.

The journalist claims that negotiations are already well underway. He further says the 45-year-old has agreed to 90% of the terms of the agreement. He is now attempting to resolve the situation with his agency. As he will no longer be able to represent players once he fills the post of director at Barça.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta recently stated of the former Chelsea star, “Deco, who already works with us as the club’s representative in Brazil, could be the new director. He would have to leave his agency if he became sporting director.”

However it now appears that Deco will be named Barcelona’s new director of football in the near future. What will be intriguing to observe is whether the newly-crowned La Liga champions bring in someone new to replace Cruyff, or to rely on Deco who might be appointed to serve a new role from July 1.

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