Newcastle United have told Fabricio Coloccini that he will have to fork out £7 million if he wants to buy out his own contract and move back to Argentina.
That is also the minimum fee that any side who wants to sign him will have to come up with, which seems about a fair price for a player of Coloccini’s calibre and stature.
It’s been well documented recently that after a long career in the North East, Newcastle’s curly haired centre back wants to leave and play out the rest of his career in the country where he was born and raised.
Newcastle, in typically admirable style, have not come out and condemned such a desire, they have simply laid out what is possible and how Coloccini can achieve that wish.
Ultimately, it would have to be an Argentinean club that signs him and whether there is a club willing to pay £7 million on him remains to be seen.
His other option is to battle hard for Newcastle over the rest of the season and then re-assess his position once the final league match has been played.
There’s no doubt that Coloccini is a very wealthy man having played most of his career in England but he’s unlikely to have £7 million in disposable income which would be slightly reduced if he did stay to the end of the season.
Newcastle are just protecting their own interests by trying to retain one of their best players and they can’t be blamed for that.
A possible solution is a deal between an Argentinean club and Coloccini where they split the cost of the fee demanded by Newcastle United which would allow a deal to go through much quicker.
The final option, and the one that suits Newcastle the most, is if Coloccini remains at Newcastle for the rest of his career and then moves back to Argentina after he retires.
If he is tempted by this then Newcastle could force his hand slightly by working on improved personal terms that would make that decision slightly easier.
However, what Newcastle can do nothing about is the personal pressure the defender is getting from his family; his father has already expressed his desire for his son to ‘come home’ in various national newspapers.
It could go either way but it would be such a shame to see Coloccini leave now when he could have easily jumped ship at any time over the past few years.
Do you see Coloccini at Newcastle at the end of the season?