Setanta Sports is reporting that the agent of Fabricio Coloccini has told Newcastle they will have to look elsewhere for a new defender.
Fabricio Coloccini – whoops – sorry I kicked you in the head Lionel (Messi)
His agent, Marcello Lombilla, who is somewhat outspoken to say the least, is claiming the Deportivo La Coruna star is another example of slavery in football (oh well – we suppose he’s doing his best to get the transfer through).
Newcastle United have had a very good bid rejected for the Argentine international, who is desperate to make the move to Tyneside, where he will at least double his current wages.
Deportivo’s President Augusto Cesar Lendoiro is being a little greedy in trying to get at least a â‚¬12M (around Â£9.6M) fee for the player and Marcello Lombilla believes it could scuttle the transfer. Newcastle have already offered Â£1M below that figure, but are said to not be budging on that figure.
Lombilla told El Ideal Gallego:
â€œI spoke to the directors of Newcastle to explain to them and told them that they should look for another player because I know what their limit is and I know they canâ€™t afford the money Lendoiro is asking for.”
Lombilla continued with an attack on the Deportivo President, using the comments of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this summer by accusing Lendoiro of slavery.
â€œThree years ago he promised us that if there was an offer of â‚¬10M for Coloccini, the player would be able to go,”
â€œLast summer he didnâ€™t let him go to Zaragoza and now that we have a major offer, itâ€™s the same.”
â€œSlavery was abolished years ago. Will Lendoiro have the conscience to be able to sleep easy after ruining the career of a player?â€
You can’t say Fabricio’s agent isn’t doing all he can to get the transfer through, which of course would be good for his client, good for Newcastle and very good for himself.
We still think that Newcastle are in with a good chance of getting the player – and hope that doesn’t put a bad spell on the deal.