It shows the state the Newcastle club are in, when even our own players have no idea what’s going on.
Fabricio Coloccini – haven’t heard from Newcastle – about anything
Today we hear that Fabricio Coloccini’s agent, Marcelo Lombilla, has demanded talks with Newcastle to clarify the Argentinian’s future at the club, or should we say his future in general.
Apparently there has been no contact from Newcastle with Lombilla at all, and it’s not surprising the agent wants to understand what the status is for his player. His job will be to fix Coloccini up with a new club as soon as possible.
We would have expected First Agents, who were brought in to sell some of Newcastle’s highly paid players, to have been in contact with the agents of the 9 players who are the highest priority to leave the club in the summer.
Marcelo said today:
“For weeks now, I only hear silence from Newcastle,”
“After the relegation, the directors seemed to decide to sell Fabricio. But I have heard no more details.”
“Now, without more information, the chances to sell him look negative.”
Lombilla does not know what fee Newcastle want for a player who cost the club around £10M from Deportivo La Coruna last August, and he has turned out to be less than successful last season, although to be fair to Fabricio he did have some strong games last season, just not enough of them.
And even though Sevilla, Real Zaragoza, Fiorentina and Lazio are all keen, a big-money deal looks unlikely, and it may be that Newcastle best option is to send the player off on a season-long loan deal, as long as his wages are off Newcastle’s books at least for next season.
On Zaragoza’s interest, Lombilla warned:
“I have spoken with them, but without knowing Newcastle’s position, it’s nearly impossible to do a deal.”
The word is that Zaragoza, Fiorentina and Lazio would prefer to take Coloccini on a one-season loan with an option to buy, and we think that would be acceptable to Newcastle.
As long as the Argentinian would be off the wage bill, although a fee is generally agreed up front for the player before he is sent off on a loan deal.
Sevilla are said to be prepared to make a cash bid, but are unlikely to offer more than £4M, and since we paid £10M for this player less than 12 months ago, he’s surely worth more than that amount, and if we need to send Fabricio out on loan for a year first, then so be it.
One word about our story this morning on the London meeting between Shearer, Ashley and Llambias, which was reported to be taking place last Wednesda,y but was then said today not to be taking place this morning – we did get contacted earlier today by Neil Farrington.
Neil told us the story was not made up, and in fact the sources he used for the story were usually very reliable. We have to think when the story was published the meeting was on, but for whatever reason was called off subsequently, because of negotiations ongoing at Seymour Pierce Bank.
We know these deals are hard to predict as to how long they will go 0n, and we understand at least two consortia have already put solid bids in for the Tyneside club.
One way of looking positively at these happenings, is that things are said to be now moving quickly on the sale, and it may still be that we get an announcement on the new owners soon – we really hope so anyway.
It would be very good if Alan is in charge when the players return next Wednesday, although it’s no fault of Chris Hughton’s that he may be put in the oven at Newcastle once again by owner Mike Ashley.
It will be another difficult position for Chris to be put in, but he’ll get the job done, until Alan is appointed, we’re sure of that.
The irony of all this is that Chris may not have a coaching job at the club, once Alan is appointed and he brings his own people in.
We’d like to see Chris stay on at Newcastle, if at all possible, but that will be up to Alan Shearer.