Newcastle Put £7m Price Tag On Coloccini’s Head
After the predictable failure of San Lorenzo, or indeed any other club in Argentina, to make any kind of a realistic offer for Fabricio Coloccini (or indeed even have any contact with Newcastle according to reports), numerous media sources claimed the player could be on the verge of walking out on the club.
Just as Newcastle United were, quite rightly, not going to let another club take our captain for a pittance/nothing, likewise it was impossible to imagine Mike Ashley taking any kind of a walkout lying down.
Now it has emerged that the extensive talks with Coloccini may not so much have been to convince him that his personal issues could be overcome and that he could willingly change his mind about leaving. Rather, the talks appear to have been more along the lines of spelling out the harsh financial realities of his position.
It is now reported that if Coloccini wants to leave Newcastle United then a figure of £7m mark has been put on his head, either for another club to buy him or for the player himself to buy his way out of the extended lucrative contract he signed only last year.
While our captain (for now?) has been a very popular figure on Tyneside after overcoming a bit of an average/dodgy start, he is now learning that like any other high profile player; the rewards are now massive but there are obligations that go with your massive wage packet.
The noises from the club are that the player would face legal action if he walked out and while there has still been no official statement from either player or club, the fact that United made available photos of Coloccini training with the rest of the players yesterday suggests that the player is staying here for the time being, likely to at least the end of the season when a compromise may be reached on his future and another club will actually pay for his services!
All eyes will now be on Tuesday to see if Coloccini makes the team, especially now Alan Pardew will at last have decent alternatives in Steven Taylor and new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (though you’d imagine it would be most unlikely to throw in an all new centre-back pairing with Taylor just back from injury).
Then if Fabricio does make the team, will he still be wearing the captain’s armband?
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