Manchester City Target Newcastle Captain Fabricio Coloccini


Losing £197M in their last financial year, and owner Sheikh Mansour spending £800M in less than four years at the Etihad Stadium, doesn’t seem to be stopping Manchester City from spending more money they just don’t have.

Fabricio Coloccini – wanted by Manchester City

Well money they don’t have from what they make as a football club that is, but over the next few seasons every European football club will be forced to balance their books as the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules come into effect.

And if they don’t, we are told they will not be allowed to participate in any of the European competitions.

The news today in the Daily Star is that the Premier League Champions are looking to take Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini to the Etihad Stadium.

Jan Vertonghen, who played left back for Belgium yesterday, in England’s 1-0 win, has been telling people he expects to finalize a deal with Tottenham in the next few days.

Vertonghen was a target of City’s, but instead they will turn their attentions to Fabricio Coloccini, who just signed a deal to stay on Tyneside for the next four years, and will not come cheap.

Alan Pardew has identified Fab Coloccini as probably most important player at the club  in terms of skills, experience, and not least of all, his low-key leadership skills as the Newcastle United captain.

Apparently Vertonghen chose Tottenham because he wants regular team football,  and that wouldn’t necessarily be a given for Coloccini at City, even though Fab was chosen as one of the center-backs in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season, alongside City captain Vincent Kompany.

And it seems odd to us that Roberto Mancini would want to take a 30 year-old to the Etihad Stadium,  as he tries to build a top squad for the future, and no doubt they will be targeting a European Champions League trophy, as a high priority over the next couple of seasons.

That may only cost another £800M – maybe even less. 😀

Newcastle will not want to sell Coloccini, who is a key player for Newcastle, and wants to take Newcastle into the Champions league over the next few years.

For the record, Coloccini has appeared 154 times for Newcastle and scored 5 goals, since signing from Deportivo in the summer of 2008, for around £10.4M, and he is an enormously popular player on Tyneside.

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47 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Yep, its Sunday, the silly season is upon us!!

    And it will only get worse lol

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  • geordie157

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Definately just daft paper talk.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    no way, we have already talked about that 😀

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  • Shot Bru

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    To be fair Kompany and Colo would be a quality partnership.

    At the end of the day whether this story is b@llox or not, if City put in a reasonable bid and offer Colo CL football and good money he will go for sure.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    The Financial Fair Play rules won’t hurt City at all. Sheik Man-sour will just pay off any outstanding amount the day before any deadline passes…..he is just that rich!

    If he needs to pay off a £200m loan tomorrow or risk not being allowed to enter the Champions League, he’ll just put it on his credit card (AMEX Black, I assume).

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Southern press can never stand NUFC doing well! Tioté joining Man Utd or Chelski & Collicini going City; mmmmm yep & I’ve had a threesome with Jessica Alba & Beyonce!

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  • geordie157

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    After seeing Belgium yesterday and we’ve been linked with a few of their squad members recently. Made me wonder are there any belgian bargains to had. Chadli looked decent, Alderweireld would be a good addion and Nainggolan is highly rated but not sure how much he is worth. Then there is the likes of Mirallas, Dries Mertens, Vossen, Benteke etc. Witsel also looks like a quality player.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    On the Mulumbu story, if its 3-4 mill then its good value, decent cover for Tiote or to play alongside him possibly against the top teams in away games with Cabaye more advanced. Would be nice to get another one in before the Euro’s.

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  • shearer 9

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    It doesn’t work like that wor shearer . It’s weather u spend more money then u get it like man u will b ok coz they are making money doesn’t matter bout the 700mil debt but man c are f****d that’s y they sold there stadium name for 400mil to try get the books a lil bit better

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  • alip123

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    My theory is that journalists just sit in their office with 2 hats; one full of players names and the other with names of clubs. They come up with their transfer news by pulling a name out of each hat.

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  • shearer 9

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    It doesn’t work like that wor shearer nothing to do with debt it’s if u are running at a loss or not

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  • geordie157

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #12

    the only way i could see this being true is if we had a centre back close to signing. 10mill for Colo plus Adam Johnson is tempting. But good centre backs who can adapt to the prem are either hard to find or expensive.

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  • Spuggy

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    What is the point in Sunday papers? Do these people actually get paid. Seeing Murdoch humiliated at Levison has to be one of the greatest moments ever.

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  • saxonfenken

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Utter rubbish, If we believe all this nonsense we will have over £100 million coming

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15

    It is really yhe silly season of transfer rumors 🙂 lol

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  • cyprus

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed,
    So City doesn’t have the money? Don’t forget that they are owned by a ‘country’ which makes a billion euros every couple of days.
    As for the UEFA fair play thing, hope it comes into ‘play’, but doubt it very much. E.g. Spanish clubs have 600 mil debt each, even we have a massive one to MA, unless a ‘hair cut’ (economic one) is agreed.

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Southern press are unreal within the space of a week they have had us sell colo b cisse to city, tiote to Chelsea, santon to roma, cabaye to arsenal n ba n krul to spurs mugs it’s never gonna happen one maybe at the most

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  • Minato

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Never. Seems the lack of credible transfer activity is getting to some. Lets exercise some patience here.

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  • Shot Bru

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    UEFA fair play rules aren’t worth the paper they’re written on..

    Imagine they ban Barcelona and the likes of Messi from the CL for not adhering to the finance rules….the sponsors would never accept it….

    It wouldn’t be a surprise if the big clubs are already planning a split from UEFA.

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  • jakesome

    Jun 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #20

    man city will never be banned from europe. their owners will just increase their ethiad sponsorship deal to cover any losses there will also be other loopholes like stadium naming rights ect………

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  • shearer 9

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Guys don’t talk about the financial fair play rules if u don’t no what they are lol it’s nothing to do with debt man u are in debt but they will get in the same as arsenal because they make money unlike man city

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  • shearer 9

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #22

    Jakesome has got it spot on

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  • Minato

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    The last 500m sponsorship deal they essentially gave themselves last season just underlines how much the rules wont apply to them.

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  • Minato

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #24

    What will stop them from buying their own merchandise and so on? With the kind of wealth we are talking about here, they are simply above the rules.

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  • gfp13

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Everyone seems so sure he’s going to stay. I really hope he does as he’s the best cb we’ve had since Jonathan Woodgate was fit.
    But if you were a 30 year old captain of deportivo for example and you had just finished 5th. If real Madrid or Barcelona came in for you to see out your career with them challenging for every tournament would you not go? He doesn’t have many winners medals in his trophy room or wherever else he keeps them so if an offer came in to go to a team who are going to challenge for things he could well go.
    That being said I don’t think the offer is going to come in anyways 🙂

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s a good thing top teams are sniffing around are players means they are doing somthing right,big transfer fees only to see are players leave,mike Ashley nos what he’s doing,

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #27

    How many more of our players are gonna be linked with the rich boys? Its all bull.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Only one of the ‘blue chip’ players is leaving, and that is Tiote. One HAS to be sacrificed to help finance incomings, and Pardew has told Ashley that Tiote is the one to go, as he is the easiest to replace. He also missed quite a few games last season through injury as well as ACN.Everyone else will stay, and from what I’ve heard, Debuchy isn’t even on Pardew’s wish list. He still hopes to persuade Simpson to stay, and is chasing Clyne from Crystal Palace as cover. I’m told that the Frenchman he is hoping to sign is Bahrami from Rennes.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #29

    jimmy magpie

    you another one in the know?? we were just hearing yesterday that debuchy was definately signing next week,

    and as for pardew says tiotes the easiest to replace, did u hear pardew saying this??

    love to know were all this CONFLICTING information comes from

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Jimmy magpie isn’t an itk. He’s a guy who actually has a small link with the club. He never actually claims to know everything about future transfers.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Gateshead – think about it. One of them has to go to pay for incomings, as this club is still £140m in debt. The fact that the debt is to Ashley doesn’t make it disappear! Pardew and Llambias have both prepared you to lose at least one of the ‘blue chip’ players, or do you listen to only the good stuff. Ba, they can do nothing about, and if he does go the amount he will bring in is peanuts. Debuchy would cost at least £8m, well out of range, as Pardew is hoping to spend good money on a centre back, and unless Simpson goes, he’s only looking for cover. Other players are being brought in for cover, and I sometimes wonder where some of you think the money is coming from, especially as you have been told repeatedly from those at the top, including Pardew, that the club has to be ‘self sufficient’. The sooner some of you realise that NUFC is no more to Ashley than another branch of Sports Direct, the sooner you will stop living on cloud ‘cuckoo land’.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Graham – thank you for that.I’ve just spent a two week holiday with my nephew in Portugal, and as a regular, you know that he legally represents a few players, including a handful at Ncle, and not just on football matters. He didn’t tell me anything that isn’t already in the public domain, or anything that couldn’t be kkkkkkkkworkedkk

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    To finish the above – anybody with a modicum of sense, and who listens to EVERYTHING that we’re told by the hierarchy, can work out for themselves what is likely to happen this summer.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #34

    @jimmy gteshead obviously doesn’t know who you are so ill let him off. Most of us know you’re a respectable gentleman.
    I still won’t forget the sickening things one guy called you

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35

    which is all fair enough mate but claiming that pardew has said tiote is the one to go is pure speculation

    im not doubtin ur opinions on the club because everyone has their own just sayin everyday people come on here claiming they know whats happening with transfers even though the conflict another person which also claims to have inside information

    am sure you can see my point if u regularly read the blog

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #36

    I understand where you’re coming from gateshead. Jimmy is usually spot on in what he says though.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Graham – thanks mate. Gateshead – of course it’s speculation, I’m just passing on what the talk is in ‘agent land’ for what it’s worth.I hven’t claimed anything as fact since I told you last February that Barton, Nolan, and Enrique would leave, because Ashley wanted the first two out, and Enrique told them to get stuffed. On Tiote, I can only say that there is a hell of a lot of smoke from many quarters, Tiote himself modified his stance towards the end of the season when he said that he would have to think about things, if the situation arose. We’ll have to wait and see.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #38

    jimmy magpie

    fair dos i must of missed them, am sure you get sick as I do though of all these people ITK that pop up out of no-where with imformation they present as fact, my example being some one yesterday claiming there will be a press conference next thursday unveiling delbuchy

    very rare these people get the information from anywhere but rumours being chinese whispered turning into facts that they then discreetly share with the world hiding their ‘source’

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #39

    Not sure id say tiote is easiest to replace but that said none of the ‘blue chip’ players are.
    Cabaye – heartbeat of the team. Playnaker team apparently being built around him.
    Cisse – possible 20+ goals a season, hard to find them for cheap.
    Ben arfa – absolutely amazing skill set. Goals and assists in him too.
    Colo – just signed a new contract. Captain. Not leaving.
    Tiote – rock in cdm. Absolute beast. Still loses the ball with his pirouette in dangerous places.

    Analysing it tiote is replacable but i wouldn’t wanna lose him

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #40

    Gateshead 99% of them are full of it. But the 1% who actually have a source wouldn’t reveal it anyway. Just letting you see both sides

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