Newcastle United will be getting a top-class player if they succeed in their efforts to sign Argentinian defender Fabricio Coloccini.
Fabriccio Coloccini – top class player
Miguel Angel Lotina is the current coach at Deportivo and that’s his verdict, if Newcastle are successful in their attempts to finally capture the player from Deportivo.
Lotina said today:
â€œIf Coloccini goes it will be the great disappointment of the summer,â€
â€œThe 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.”
â€œHe is a tremendous footballer for what he gives on the pitch and in the dressing room.â€
The Evening Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle are still negotiating hard with the Deportivo club and the fee is now at 11M euros â€“ plus one million more in add-ons â€“ for the Argentine international.
So that’s around Â£8.8M plus Â£1M in add ons – so close to Â£10M in total.
We reported earlier this morning, the 27 times capped Argentine International has already agreed lucrative terms with Newcastle and he is very keen, to say the least, to move to Tyneside.
But the move is now at a kind of stand-off, with Colocciniâ€™s agent Marcelo Lombilla more than upset atÂ Deportivo president Augusto CÃ©sar Lendoiro.
Lombilla has also denied there had been a bid from Tottenham Hotspur, who yesterday received an amazing Â£20.3M from Liverpool for their Irish striker, Robbie Keane.
And to think we could have had Robbie for around Â£5M in January 2005, but he wasn’t the type of player then manager Graeme Souness was looking for.
Instead he brought in Jean Alain Boomsong and Celestine Babayaro.Â 🙁
Coloccini’s wages will be more than doubled if he joins Newcastle, and the player is no doubt anxious the deal is completed.
â€œThe player is wanted in several places but the English league is what seduces him the most in both senses: economic and sporting.”
â€œIt was proposed to Fabricio a five-year contract with a salary thatâ€™s doubling his current wages.”
“There wasnâ€™t any other offer that was not coming from Newcastle.”
â€œI know Ramos personally. I have a good relationship with him and there was great interest but no offers.”
â€œThe only one exceeding 10m, which I knew that could satisfy the president, was the one of Newcastle and it was also interesting for the player.â€
That sounds a great offer for the player, and we hope that Newcastle will get this deal completed as quickly as they can – before other clubs move in – which they will if this drags on.
Then we can move ahead and sign 22 year old French defender Seb Bassong – and that should be a cake-walk in comparison. Â Â 😀