No Argentinian Rip Off On Coloccini For Ashley
It seems to be breaking this morning that there is some substance to the ongoing saga around Coloccini’s mooted return to Argentinian club San Lorenzo, employees of his father and one of the many stops on Colo’s world tour of loans he was farmed out on by AC Milan.
This has been met with understandable disappointment, as a talismanic player on whom our recent success has been heavily built looks to be spoiling to follow Demba Ba out of the exit door. Given the inadequate transfer policy, the chances of getting a decent replacement before February look like being slim to nish. Add in Steven Taylor’s inability to string together more than 4 games and it’s probably fair to call this just cause for panic.
Playing devil’s advocate though, I would always say that if someone is unhappy, let him go before it affects the club deeply. Rumours of a rift with Pardew abound, but whether this is true or not it’s a blatant fact that our defence has been abysmal this season and the side has lacked leadership as the poor results keep coming in. Coloccini has only reached the heights of last season in patches and in the unlikely event that a replacement were sourced in time, it could be that this isn’t as bad a prospect as it first appears. The thing that really annoys me though is the brass-necked cheek of it all.
According to the quotes from the Independent today, snaring Colo is San Lorenzo’s “plan A, B and C”. However, they then go on to state that they haven’t got a pot to p*** in (“we cannot do anything crazy with the budget”) so apparently are hanging their hat on getting a bloke we’ve just tied down to a long-term contract on the cheap! Given his age and that contract I would put a price of at least £8 million on Coloccini at this moment in time and it seems impossible that these tin pot Argentinians can meet that fee. It would appear then, that they are relying on agitating for the move to the point that a loan or knockdown fee is agreed as a lesser evil than NUFC persisting with the presence of a miserable captain. This is the equivalent of Everton shouting on that they are going to get Wayne Rooney from Man Utd at a knockdown price because he has always supported them and they really really really want him!
Fortunately, not getting ripped off is one area that I have utmost faith in Mike Ashley’s regime in. If offloading Colo must be done, it will surely only be at a price that justifies his stature at the club and the financial investment made. I earnestly hope this can be avoided though, and a solution can be found that sees Colo happy to stay at least in the mid-term. We are not in a good place as a club at the minute, and this would only be exacerbated by losing one of our best players and our best song.
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