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THE FUTURE OF COLOCCINI STILL UNCERTAIN

08 Jun 2008
When la liga season was ending, it seemed that central defender Fabricio Coloccini would be one of the main protagonists during the summer market, but so far nobody has presented an offer to Deportivo and the clubs appointed as targets for the operation are starting to choose other alternatives. In the meantime, Lendoiro already has a backup in case the exit of the Argentinean is confirmed: Rub�n Pulido.

The so expected big offers for Deportivo's central defender Fabricio Coloccini aren�t arriving. Lendoiro knows that the market value of the player is around the �15 million, but so far nobody is willing to reach that amount. Barcelona FC, club that was supposed to be the main candidate to attempt the signing, ha already chosen Manchester United's Pique and Villarreal's Mart�n C�ceres as the partners of Carles Puyol for the new season, while the interest of Real Madrid is fading away.

Another candidate, Sevilla FC, already refused any attempt to make the signing although it's the club that has made the biggest sells of the summer in Spain (�29 million for Daniel Alves and �14 million for Keita, both to Barcelona). The other Spanish club that seemed interested in the Argentinean defender was Valencia FC, but the new sporting director of the club, Juan S�nchez, already said that that Valencia 'doesn't need a central defender' declarations he gave to Radio Onda Cero during the past week.

One of the reasons why it was speculated that Valencia was interested in Coloccini was a meeting between S�nchez and the player's agent, Marcelo Lombilla, reunion that took place two weeks ago. But S�nchez said to Onda Cero that "it was only a meeting between a new sporting director of a club and an agent that has several players in his portfolio." Therefore it seems that nobody in Spain is currently interested in Coloccini.

The biggest interest continues to be in England, precisely Marcelo Lombilla travelled during the past week in order to meet possible offers from the Premiership, apparently this propositions might come from Tottenham Hotspurs and Newcastle United. It has been speculated that Lombilla will travel to La Coru�a in order to have a meeting with Lendoiro and talk about these offers, but so far this reunion hasn't occurred.

But right now the biggest preoccupation of Deportivo is the health of Coloccini's son, it was known that he suffered convulsions in Miami and was hospitalised during the weekend, the same player abandoned the concentration of Argentina's national team in order to visit his child (he was in Chicago for a friendly match against USA).

Despite the exit of Coloccini isn't a sure thing, it seems that Deportivo already has a replacement in case the 'golden offer' finally arrives: Rub�n Pulido (29). The central defender that currently belongs to UD Almer�a. According to Galician sportpaper Deporte Campe�n (DxT), the  agent of the defender, Juan Carlos Pedraza, already talked with Lotina about the possible arrival of the Madrilenian defender to Depor. According to reports, the cost of the operation will reach the �2 million.

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