News on Deportivo’s International web site today says that if Newcastle are to complete the signing of defender Fabricio Coloccini. it must be completed today, otherwise there will be some delay at best.
Col0cccini - patiently waiting to see if deal can be made
It turns out that Deportivo’s President Lendoiro has decided to travel to Venezuela tomorrow, and if the Deportivo Executive leaves without any closed deal for the defender, the Spanish club is saying the transfer will not take place, at least not in the short term.
Sportpaper AS was speculating yesterday that President Augusto CÃ©sar Lendoiro might be using his trip to Venezuela as some kind of a manoeuvre or leverage to get Newcastle United to quicken the negotiations.
The news according to Radio Galega, is that the President will leave tomorrow morning to travel to Venezuela, where the Deportivo team are in pre-season training.
Coloccini was not on the trip earlier this week, because he was going to work on his fitness in Spain, and also be available to decide his future.
Here are the official positions as the International Deportivo web site lays them out:
- Lendoiro wants â‚¬12.5 million (around Â£10M) plus â‚¬2.5M (around Â£1M) for incentives
- Newcastle United are currently offering â‚¬11M (around Â£8.8M) plus an additional million euro (Â£0.8M) depending on the Tyneside teamâ€™s achievements.
The bottom line is that Deportivo are wanting a total of Â£11M, including incentives and Newcastle have offered Â£9.6M – and that’s not a huge difference – around Â£1.4M.
We can still get this deal done – why not half the difference so we pay Deportivo Â£9.6M plus Â£900K incentives – that would be around Â£10.5M total. That would appear to be less than Â£1M additional that Newcastle are currently offering.
But of course, we just don’t know the details, and these transfers are never easy these days – we always have to remember that.
Also, Depor Sport wrote on Wednesday the Galician club isnâ€™t too worried about Coloccini potentially using FIFAâ€™s article 17 (Webster) in order to obtain his freedom.
Apparently any player wanting to use this rule, must inform FIFA about their intentions at least 15 days before the end of the season, and that’s just didn’t happen.
If we were to bet on this one, we still think he’ll be a Newcastle player soon, although admittedly our predictions in the past have been less than stellar.
Meanwhile, there are rumors building in Spain about a possible replacement for Coloccini at Deportivo, the main candidate now being Diego Colotto.
There is still a good chance we can bring the player in, and we think the news yesterday that Spurs may also be in interested, was only mischievous speculation.