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COLOCCINI WILL GO TO NEWCASTLE

01 Aug 2008
Newcastle United and Deportivo have been negotiating face to face the transfer of Fabricio Coloccini since Thursday’s evening, and on Friday both clubs agreed the terms of the operation although no official confirmation has been made. It seems that Depor will receive €11.5 million plus €2.5 for further achievements.

Depor Sport informed on its Friday’s edition that Lendoiro and an official from Newcatle United were negotiation the operation since Thursday’s evening. On Friday’s night reporter Gonzalo Soto from Radio Galega informed the operation was already completed. In the beginning the Magpies were offering €10 million, while Depor’s president was asking for €12 million.

In the end the operation was closed in €11.5 million. Deportivo could receive an extra income of €2.5 millions, amount that will depend of Newcastle’s results and the individual performance of the player. Gonzalo Soto also reported the terms of the payment: €6 million in cash and €5.5 million to be paid in one year. The 15% of the transfer that corresponds to the player and his agent will be paid by the English club, meaning the net income for Depor is €11.5 million.

According to the report built up by Radio Galega, the Galician club is just waiting for a confirmation coming from Newcastle in order to officially announce the operation. In England is even rumoured the Argentinean defender will travel on Monday in order to pass the medicals with his new club.

THE REPLACEMENT

Coach Lotina already said that Deportivo will make a new signing to replace the departure of Coloccini. Three were the main candidates: Sotirios Kyrgiakos (29), Jonathan Pablo Bottinelli (24) and Diego Daniel Colotto (27). The Greek Kyrgiakos already signed for AEK Athens FC, leaving Depor with the choices of Argentineans Bottinelli and Colotto. Alternatives that seem hard to accomplish. The officials from Atlas already told to reporters they won’t allow the exit of Colotto since the Mexican league already started, while the transfer of Botinelli could reach the €5 million.

Argentinean sportpaper Ol? wrote on Friday that Panathinaikos was ready to offer €4 million for San Lorenzo’s Botinelli, but an official from the Argentinean club confirmed no offers have been received. Besides, the operation seems complicated since San Lorenzo only owns the 50% of the player’s right, the other half belong to Gustavo Ranucci, corporation that paid €1 million for these rights one year ago.

MORE PROBLEMS WITH ZARAGOZA FOR LAFITA

Real Zaragoza is not renouncing to ?ngel Lafita. According to the media in Aragon the president of the club, Eduardo Bandr?s, already called Lendoiro and told him they still interested in fulfilling the buyout option before the start of the season 2008/2009. It seems Los Ma?os would prefer to leave the player in A Coru?a until the next season, but first they need to make a couple of signings in order to cover the position of right winger. If these signings don’t occur, they will probably try the option of Lafita. That’s why Bandr?s phoned Lendoiro, just to warn him about the situation.

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