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Defensive Targets Down To Four Or Five – Colo Waits On Release

5:44 pm, Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Fabricio Coloccini wants to join San Lorenzo and Newcastle are willing to make him a free agent so he can do that, but first of all sensible Rafa Benitez is putting Newcastle needs first.

He has told Fabricio he must wait until Newcastle are able to bring in a replacement, before he is allowed to leave the club.

The club captain has been pictured back in training on Tyneside and he has told friends he will be leaving Newcastle soon, but not yet.

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Fabricio Coloccini – leaving Newcastle soon

Fabricio was in the news in Buenos Aries last week and he will finally  be joining San Lorenzo, who he last played for on loan in the 2000-2001 season when a player at AC Milan.

But that business must wait until Newcastle bring in a replacement – hopefully soon.

The Chronicle is reporting Rafa has narrowed his search for new defenders down to four or five players and Benitez is pushing for signings to be made this week.


The Argentine club is looking forward to having such an experienced former player back with them soon.

San Lorenzo coach Diego Aguirre said this in the local papers in Buenos Aries last week:

“Coloccini will be very welcome.” “He will bring much to the club on and off the field.”

Coloccini earlier last week explained why he will almost certainly be able to leave Newcastle this summer to finally join his family back home:

“With the relegation, they are pointing to a new plan with young people under 25 years old.”  “So it is a matter of talking and then proposing to them my exit.”

“At the moment I have in mind going back to Argentine football.” “I want to go back to San Lorenzo and fulfil the dream of entering the pitch with my kids and retire there.”

Fabricio was signed from Deportivo for £10.3M in August of 2008 and he has been the Newcastle captain for the last five years.

In 2012 he was voted in the Premier League Team of the Season after Newcastle finished in 5th place.

Newcastle will be offloading his £65K/week wages once he joins San Lorenzo.

Manager Alan Pardew won both the Premier League Manager of the Season award and the League Managers Association Manager of the Year award for that achievement.

But it’s been all downhill for Newcastle since that time.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Fabricio Coloccini · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nufc-83 // Jul 3, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Jail I agree actually Tiote if he stays is better than coldback.

    Belfast I don’t think Mbemba got much praise last season especially as we were considered poor in defence and went down. I think us fans who watched him could see he had bags of ability but it’s definately gone under the radar. If he was to go we would want big money and no side will pay it as I say for someone who has supposedly not impressed all that much. Maybe I’m not giving other clubs scouting network enough credit but that’s my take.

  • 2 WWSBRD // Jul 3, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    San Lorenzo is a heck of a club and good luck to him but good ridence overall

    Time to sort out our defence finally, I expect 2 CBs, a RB and a LB through the door this summer

  • 3 nufc786 // Jul 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    If we lose Janmaat, I would like to have Chris Gunter from Reading replace him.. he’s had a really good euros with Wales

  • 4 nufc 11 // Jul 3, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Really like the idea of us getting Shane Duffy 6,4 26 years old really dominant in the air and will only improve, has made him self first choice cb for Ireland, available for 2 million championship and premier league experience no brainer.

  • 5 magicmac // Jul 3, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    NUFC 11, I come from Northern Ireland, and have supported Newcastle from i was 7 years old, iam 62 now, and i totally agree with you about Shane Duffy, he is a really good center back, he is so dominant in the air, very dangerous at corners and set pices, and has both premier league and champoinship experience, so i totally agree its a no brainer, i would be delighted if we signed him.

  • 6 JP...from The Rock // Jul 3, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Can’t wait for us to replace Colo with a young class act. I want us to keep Janmaat, under Rafa he will be great again.

    We’re still not sorted on the forwards though as we’re still light there.

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