Newcastle fans’ summer misery looks set to continue as key player Fabricio Coloccini is mulling over a move to Valencia.
The fee being discussed is in the region of £5m – more than half what Newcastle paid for the defender.
Under normal circumstances, it would seem too low a bid for a player who still has two years left on his lucrative contract. But with the moronic Mike Ashley in charge, and the owner pushing through a policy of clearing the wage bill, it is entirely conceivable that Coloccini will be sold. It will save the Magpies nearly £8m over two years.
From Valencia’s point of view, Coloccini is now 29 and they will be reluctant to pay over the odds for a player of that age.
Sevilla were originally linked with the Argentine but no bid materialised. But with Valencia being able to offer the former Deportivo La Coruna man Champions League football, this is an offer Coloccini will surely take seriously.
The player’s loyalty cannot be questioned after sticking with the Toon following relegation and forming a key part of the team that was able to return and establish itself in the Premiership. He has also just been made captain following Kevin Nolan’s exit – something he is extremely proud of.
A fans’ favourite too, Coloccini’s departure would take a serious toll on both the quality and morale of the squad. With only Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor offering centre-back covering, Newcastle would have to go out and spend.
And though surely there is money there, it is highly unlikely Ashley will sanction an adequate replacement.