It seems that Newcastle have launched a bid for Bastia’s 19 year-old midfielder Florian Thauvinm, and although Arsenal are interested – they have yet to put in any bid for the player.
Florian Thauvinm - Newcastle have launched a bid for the youngster
And the news today is that Bastia Chairman Pierre-Marie Geronimi has said the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called him twice about Florian, but that the London club has yet to put in a firm bid for the player.
Newcastle are reported to have put in an initial bid of €3M (£2.4M) for the French U21 International, and the deal would be that the player will return to play for Bastia through the end of the season, and Bastia will receive 15% of any follow on profit should Newcastle sell the player in the future.
This is what Pierre-Marie Geronimi said on the club’s web-site today:
“We have not received any firm offer from Arsenal and, thus, there is no question of the €5 million reported.” “This week I have had Arsene Wenger on the phone twice. He expressed his interest in the player to us, but it has not gone beyond that.”
“I should be extremely clear on this subject once more to give our supporters the whole truth. The club has only today received a firm offer for Florian and it comes from Newcastle.” “They propose a €3 million fee, with the player staying at Bastia until June and 15 per cent of the value of a future sale.”
“We are considering the proposal and will decide quickly.”
That last sentence is a communication to Arsenal to please put in a bid, but why Chairman talk openly about impending transfer deals – we have no idea.
It would be great if Newcastle can tie up Thauvinm – who will be one for the future, and will join Newcastle in the summer, if the Tyneside club can sign him on the dotted line this month.
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