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Did Chelsea make a mistake in buying Deco?

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It’s official – Chelsea have brought in Deco from Barcelona for a sum reported to be 10m Euros. He’s the first of the trio of players Barcelona were determined to sell (Ronaldinho seems Milan bound, while there’s no serious news yet on Eto’o) and despite his problems last season Chelsea seem to have brought in an excellent player.

Thing is, Chelsea are already central-midfield-heavy as it is. Makelele is on for one more season at best, Ballack is in great form, Essien is there for years to come and Obi Mikel is definitely one for the future. And this is before you talk about the Chelsea vice-captain Frank Lampard and soon-to-be-discarded midfielder Steve Sidwell.

So where will Deco fit in?

His arrival would means the departure of at least 2, possibly 3 midfielders, and while Sidwell is the most likely one to leave, it’s Lampard and not Makelele who is being touted as the next departure from Chelsea.

In my view, Chelsea should have given Lampard the same wages they have Terry and Ballack on and kept him onside instead of going out and buying Deco. Deco is a fine player but if he’s coming in to replace Lampard in a 3 or 5 man midfield it’s going to be tough going (for starters Chelsea’s build-up play will be a tad bit slower).

What do you guys think? Have Chelsea made a mistake in buying Deco and should Kenyon and co do everything to keep Lampard or should they just let him go (with Inter reported to be the most likely destination)?

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