Bad news tonight that Deportivo La Coruna have rejected Newcastle United bid for their Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini, according to the defender’s agent, Marcelo Lombilla.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle bid turned down
The Argentine’s agent had earlier today claimed that Newcastle had made an offer for the 26-year-old.
Spanish side Deportivo also revealed that Coloccini would not join the club on a pre-season trip to Venezuela, as his future would be decided ‘in the upcoming days’.
We think that Deportivo are hoping for a bidding war, or that some other club will come in with a bigger offer than Newcastle’s rather generous first bid .
However, Lombilla says the Spanish club have turned down an offer in the region of 11M euros (Â£8.7M) for Coloccini and on the Deportivo International site , there seems to be some animosity between him and the Deportivo President Augusto Cesar Lendoiro.
They seem at loggerheads about the bid, and the fact that the Spanish club are unwilling to accept Newcastle’s offer.
Lombilla told La Voz de Galicia:
“We must finish this part of the negotiations.”
“I do not understand the attitude of Deportivo.”
“Coloccini is disappointed.”
This is not good news for Newcastle United, who were no doubt hoping to seal the deal quickly before other bigger clubs got involved.
Reports in Spain are suggesting that Deportivo want 12M euros (Â£9.5M) for Coloccini, which is just Â£800K more than Newcastle’s initial offer.
If that’s really the case, thenÂ surely the two sides could come to some agreement on the fee, since it is also being reported that terms have already been agreed between the player and the Newcastle club.
There have also been rumours that Fabricio could look to invoke Article 17 of the FIFA Transfer regulations, which allows a player to buy out his contract.
That was how Jonas Gutierrez arrived at Newcastle, from Mallorca, and the Spanish island club, are currently appealing to FIFA.
However, these rumours may be based on just that, the fact that Newcastle know the ins and outs of Article 17, having assisted another Argentine International, Gutierrez, to go that way to arrive on Tyneside.
We’ll just have to wait to see if Newcastle can still do the deal, but any delay could be dangerous, as we’ve already experienced in this summer’s transfer window.
Let’s hope we can still get the deal done, since 83% of our readers think this will be a good deal for the Newcastle club, if the transfer fee is around Â£8M.