Sky Sports News is reporting that Fabricio Coloccini’s agent has stated that the Deportivo defender may unilaterally cancel his contract with the club, and walk out to join Newcastle United unless a deal can be struck shortly.
Fabricio Coloccini – threatening to buy out contract
The Argentine central defender’s agent Marcelo Lombilla has been infuriated by the Deportivo club’s antics over a bid from Newcastle United, after they raised their asking price, once a seemingly acceptable offer had been made by the Tyneside club.
According to the Argentinian’s agent Lombilla, Depor wanted â‚¬12M (about Â£9.6M) and the agent informed Newcastle who then lodged a bid of exactly that amount.
However, the Spanish club’s valuation then rose to â‚¬14M (about Â£11.2M).Â These are different specific figures than we reported earlier this morning.
Marcelo Lombilla told AS today:
“(Depor president Augusto) Lendoiro needs to come and say what he means.”
“One day he says a million will be enough, but you know that means a million and a half, for sure,”
“For Coloccini is awful that he may miss out on the contract of his life.”
If no deal can be reached in the next few days, Lombilla believes the player will be left with no choice but to invoke Article 17 (Webster) of FIFA’s transfer regulations and walk out.
If we were Deportivo we would take that seriously, because Newcastle have already gone that way with another Argentine International – Jonas Gutierrez – whom they got for peanuts from his former club, Real Mallorca, and everything was legal and above board.
So the club is very well versed in that law, and have already gone through the process once – for practice!
“We do not want to do that, but they are pushing us very close to the edge,”
Coloccini has been left out of the club’s trip to Venezuela in order to stay behind and sort out his future, and a deal could now be sealed shortly.
Deportivo manager Miguel Ãngel Lotina was said to be infuriated the club would allow the defender to leave, but there’s not much the club can do about it now, since it looks like Fabricio is desperate to join Newcastle United, and has set his heart on the move.
The coach has since received assurances that he will be able to spend the transfer fee on new players, and was seemingly a little less upset when he realized that:
“There are various players that we could look at, but the ones we like most do not play in Spain,”
“We have a few ideas, but we will have to wait and see if Coloccini’s move is confirmed or not first.”
We think this deal will go through, and probably sooner rather than later, otherwise look for Newcastle to go down the Article 17 path, and essentially get the player for paying off the remainder of his contract.
We understand the contract has 3 years left to run, and we’d be surprised if it was even Â£5M, to pay it off – which is about half the current fee. Newcastle may already be pursuing that track, for all we know, and that would certainly teach Deportivo a lesson, and save newcastle some big money.
Once Deportivo runs the numbers, even they will see it is best to sell – and sell now.
This seems a brilliant move by Newcastle and the player, who appears to be determined to arrive on Tyneside, and we’re sure he’s already in touch with his Argentine team-mate Jonas Gutierrez, who is already at the Newcastle club – and loving it.Â Â Â Â 😀
Lets’ see now – who else is inÂ the Argentine team?