Greedy Deportivo Up To Old Tricks With Coloccini


When Newcastle did business with Deportivo for Albert Luque a few years ago, we remember Newcastle officials saying they would never do business with them again.

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 Fabricio Coloccini – Deportivo being greedy – again


It seems like Deportivo are up to their old tricks in that Newcastle yesterday thought they had had an offer of around £8.25M accepted for Argentine Fabricio Coloccini.

However, as they did with Albert Luque the Spanish club tried to up the price at the last moment, to closer to £10M.

That’s what’s called greed and that kind of thing doesn’t work too well in business although it’s rampant, particularly right now in world football.

Coloccini’s agent agent Marcelo Lombilla is furious with Deportivo, since it looks like they have gone back on their word to the player.

Lombilla attempted to clarify the situation late yesterday:

“We must think this part of the negotiation is over, (Deportivo President) Lendoiro has to understand there’s nothing else. If there were more options, I would be staying.”

“Just to clarify the things, this possibility with Newcastle appeared three months ago when the most important offer was for eight million euro. They even presented a better offer, one for eleven million plus one additional million for objectives.”

“Therefore we are talking about an offer for twelve million euro. Evidently he believes there’s more, but there isn’t!”“Newcastle’s offer began in eight million and I refused to bring it, I felt it was something impractical, a waste of time.”

“We were two and a half months working on this until they reached eleven million euro, on yesterday’s morning (Sunday) they released almost one more million for objectives and they also changed the method of payment from the usual four fractions, something Lendoiro always does with his transfers.”

“They ended with that proposal, an offer that was something to break the situation and when I spoke with Augusto, he asked me for two more million and another method of payment… he’s still pulling the strings and is no longer possible, I leave for that reason.”

The latest news we have is that Newcastle are not willing to be held to ransom.

But it looks like the Newcastle United club have bent over backwards to get a deal, which will not have gone unnoticed by the player – and we still think we’re in with a decent chance of still acquiring  the player.

However, the chances of a second team coming in and paying the money Deportivo are now asking for their player, could also happen, and there are continuous rumors, probably unfounded, that Tottenham may be interested.

But after this nonsense with the Deportivo club, maybe this will be the last time Newcastle will make any deals with the Spanish club.

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73 comments so far

  • Allman20

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    WTF are Deportivo playing at! We should try to buy him at all costs, surely a player than can sort our leaky defence out!

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  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s greedy. Hope the club could somehow work it out.

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  • Dan

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Money grubber Deportivo! Thats where their financial crisis come from.. being too greedy!

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  • Ausgeordie

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    We want him they got him and they are holding out for the advertised price. If the player wants to go he needs to make it happen himself.

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  • plato

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    yes,that’s what’s called greed.

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  • Patrick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Let’s see if the Webster Ruling works this time.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    They’re in financial straits. I don’t think it’s fair to compare it to the Luque transfer. It’s frustrating but basically all they’ve done is say no to one offer and that they want more money. I can’t see why we’d be so surprised? Chances are it shouldn’t take too long to come to an amicable agreement as they won’t want to lose him via the ‘Article 17’ route. Let’s hope it’s ironed out in the next few days though.

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  • dick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    pull out of deal, by the the time he gets used to the pace of the premiership we will be in bottom 6 anyway

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  • Jamie

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    depor sell us that tard luque and then try and rape us nice

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  • HeronMag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I would’ve gone by the webster route straight off. It’ll be cheaper!

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  • Patrick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Looking at this with another perspective, we’ve been accusing MA not spending much on players. This Coloccini deal, however, proves something to us that MA is NOT doing that to us, right lads?

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  • Ericles

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    This is another saga of greed by a selling club. NUFC must not be held to ransom, especially as we have had attitude from Deportivo before. I think we could up the offer but only because we need the player. Coloccini wants to come to us and that is a bonus. I am afraid such greed is now widespead and a fact of life in football unfortunately. I just wish I had more confidence in our negotiating team, not to mention the “baron hardup” philosophy of the board.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Positive words Dick : )
    Just pay the money and move onto the next target,
    before somebody else buys him.

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  • Nobby's Dad

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14

    I think the fact that the agent says this deal has been worked on for about 2 months shows what idiots some commentators are on this blog. Comments like ‘what does Wise do’ ‘why aren’t we moving to sign’…..’Get KK buying the players’.

    These deals take time and there are obviously things going on behind the scenes that supporters don’t know about and frankly don’t seem to understand. Buying a multi million pound footballer is NOT like popping to the corner shop to buy a Mars bar!

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  • Patrick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #15

    @Nobby’s Dad
    *thumbs up*

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  • tapir

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    nobbys dad
    youre true
    once new signing coming in and in and in and we didnt miss out quality target AGAIN

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  • cam_toon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    spot on pat.

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  • Robert from Serbia

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    ARGENTINE defender Fabricio Coloccini is set to join international team-mate Jonas Gutierrez on Tyneside, according to the majority of this morning’s titles.

    The Journal claims that United have made an £8.25m bid for the 26-year-old centre-back but club side Deportivo La Coruna could hold out for nearer £10m.

    It is also reported that Coloccini has not been included in the Depor squad which travelled to Venezuela for their pre-season tour in order to complete his move to the Magpies.

    Elsewhere, The Daily Telegraph says that Damien Duff could be used in a swap deal with Blackburn Rovers left-back Stephen Warnock.

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  • LoonyToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    @Bowburnmag…..we had an offer accepted….then they turned around and wanted a bit more…..I hope he does a “webster” and stitches Depor good and proper….great signing if he comes….Strong, quick, experienced and only 26….good things come to those who wait gentleman….and we have been waiting a while

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  • sweendog

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Nobbys dad .. what does wise do…… .. exactly .. should he not have had this deal tied up 2 months ago .. I work in business this doesn’t make sense that it took that long .. why is it Spurs/United/Villa etc to name a few teams who’ve bought in the last 2 weeks.. have deals completed quickly and easily ..

    As for MA .. this does prove he wants to spend money so this is giving me hope that he is a true supporter .. also KK has given him his backing.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Well said Nobby’s fatha,
    …Just show’s where La caruna are at!..Mmmmm, friendly!..& after we payed ’em too much for Luque too!..

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  • Lew Davies

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #22

    spot on Nobby’s Dad 🙂
    But I do like mars bars mmmmmmm…..

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  • MattyDread

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s a shame really as he’d be a great signing. The very fact that it is such a prolific story in the media, however, says to me that we won’t be getting him.

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  • Patrick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #24

    @sweendog
    It may not work in this way when you deal with Depor, but I think Coloccini’s agent has been very helpful.

    *****
    From Soccernet.com

    Coloccini set for Newcastle move, insists agent

    Updated: July 29, 2008, 4:48 AM ET

    Newcastle United are close to completing the signing of Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabricio Coloccini, according to the player’s agent Marcelo Lombilla.

    Reports in Spain suggest Coloccini has already agreed personal terms with the Premier League side, who are said to have made a £7.8million bid for the Argentina international.

    Lombilla met with club president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro again last night to negotiate a move after Depor slapped an £11million price tag on Coloccini’s head.

    Tottenham are also said to have thrown their hat into the ring, but Lombilla claims he knows nothing about any rival bid.

    ‘The only offer I am dealing with is that of Newcastle,’ Lombilla told Spanish sports daily AS. ‘Which is the one that I brought about.’

    Depor were set to leave for a pre-season tour of Venezuela yesterday but Coloccini was not included in the travelling party and a line on the club website revealed: ‘The footballer Fabricio Coloccini remains in La Coruna as his future will be decided in the upcoming days.’

    Coloccini, naturally a centre-half but capable of playing at full-back, has made nearly 100 appearances in his three and a half years at the Riazor, and Depor coach Miguel Angel Lotina knows it will be a blow to lose the 26-year-old.

    ‘If Coloccini goes it will be the great disappointment of the summer,’ he told Marca.

    ‘The team that takes Coloccini will be getting a quality footballer, a footballer to take your hat off to and they will be playing a dirty trick on me.

    ‘He is a tremendous footballer for what he gives on the pitch and in the dressing room.’

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #25

    Ah, a silver lining always has a cloud!..
    …Let’s arbitralily(sp?) take a disliking to someone at the club &, even tho’ we know nowt of what’s goin’ on, blame them for everything we don’t like!..Hmmm!..Nice!..
    …Must be true, ‘cos i think it is?..

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  • Tom

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #26

    Its fair enough to say that we should not be held to ransom, but if the club is going to quibble over what appears to be 800k, and we miss out on coloccini, then its disgraceful!

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  • Bren

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Comments like “We have to buy him at all costs” show why we have been a bit of a joke in the transfer market in recent years.

    As Kenny Rogers said: “You gotta know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk away, know when to run”

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  • ELFER

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Well I have to say that we weren’t any better last summer…remember the dyer saga? we also raised the asking price in last minute…so a chicken should not judge others if he lays bad eggs himself 😉

    seriously, that’s business today in football and we have to life with it and pay the price!

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  • Martin

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Patrick and Nobby’s Dad…

    I agree, it’s simply common sense that with Mike Ashley apparently targetting a lower wage bill, he wouldn’t pay Wise et al millions to do nout for the past 3 months!

    It IS however, very frustrating and indeed worrying at the minute!

    I watched the Spuds play Norwich last night (wanted to see Modric and have a soft spot for any team Roeder manages). Spurs looked class, they passed the ball like Arsenal on form, they were dangerous looking every time the ball went past the half way line and they controlled the pace of the game amazingly well!

    I HATE Tottenham! and I know everyone was tipping them for greatness last season and they flopped, but with a 5:1 comfortable win over Norwich compared to our poor 1:0 defeat to Doncaster, I do worry about our chances next season!

    Still, 3 weeks till the season begins eh…Keep the faith!

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  • Faustino

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Sweendog – if you think 2 months is along time to tie up a million pound contract you obviously don’t work in the entertainment/culture business mate. In my line of work, I’ve brokered deals that have taken two years of back and forth before completion.

    The only way they’d get this tied up quickly is to be bent over a barrel.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #31

    Patrick .. yep it does look positive .. it fully sounds like Coloccini’s agent was told to get a move for him .. his agent was told by Depor how much they wanted.. then when Newcastle finally met that asking price they upped the offer .. complete sheisters .. although they are in real financial trouble but if you do dirty joe tactics like this maybe its Karma .. but anyways I fully expect him to sign today .. I think the agent threw out the new EU clause to scare Depor into finally accepting..

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #32

    How does the ‘Webster Rule’ work, in regards to criteria..?

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #33

    I can’t believe neverton have got £10m+ for johnson, he ain’t worth that imo, this is the craziest, mixed up world, in the world!..Eek!..

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  • ELFER

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #34

    The article 17 of fifa stats could be applyed by the player but he has to advice his club 15 days before he does…so time will running out a bit, but it would be fantastic to get him like that! 😉

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  • James

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Deportivo are a great club with great fans – but they are run by crooks (Shepherd like). Hence why they are in such debt.

    Coloccini has been a legend for them and would be for us. He is a brilliant centre back and is EXACTLY what we need.

    The one player we have been linked to that I actually hope we sign….PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN

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  • Martin

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #36

    As far as I am aware – the Webster states that if a player has served 3 years at a club and wants to leave, he can appeal to buy out his contract…

    I’m not sure, but doesn’t age and dishonouring of the contract by the part club had something to do with it aswell?

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #37

    Aye James!..

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  • Nobby's Dad

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #38

    sweendog…I agree some deals are brokered quickly, but from what I read in one of the ‘quality’ papers at the weekend we had moved off Coloccini….it was our inability to land other targets that took us back to him. I think the way we are playing it is the right way. Those who moved early in the market may have paid too much…….I’m not too worried and personally think we may get 2 / 3 in in the last week. I’d like to think there is going to be one who will realy get the crowd ‘up for it’ – and it’s got to be that creative player we all know we need.

    Keep the faith!!

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #39

    ELFER ….Thanks, but what kind of % does the player need to buyout, is it the full contract..?

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  • tony

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #40

    i hope coloccinis agent and deportivo arnt working together so someone comes in with a higher bid, and the agent gets bit more dosh and so does depor .

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