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.
Â 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 Â£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 Â£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 thereâ€™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 thereâ€™s more, but there isnâ€™t!â€â€œNewcastle’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 yesterdayâ€™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 paymentâ€¦ he’s still pulling the strings and is no longer possible, I leave for that reason.â€
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 acquiringÂ 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.