Newcastle were after 20 year-old Florian Thauvin in January, before the French U20 International signed a four and a half year deal with Ligue 1 club Lille for around €3.5M.
Florian Thauvin – available for €15M?
Arsenal were also rumored to be after the attacking midfielder, who was sent out on loan to Bastia in Ligue 1 after signing for Lille, and scored 7 goals in just 12 appearances.
There are reports in France that the young Frenchman could be allowed to leave Lille for around €15M (£13.5M) this summer – which would be an €11.5M (£9.8M) gain in just six months for Lille.
According to La Provence in France an informed source said the following:
“What could happen is that Lille say, ‘OK, we will sell him but only for €15m (£13m).” “You see, at the end of the day, Marseilles do not want him that much.”
Marseilles had been thought to be interested in the player, but surely no club will pay out €15M for the 20 year-old youngster.
The French youth international was a key player for France at the Under-20 World Cup held in Turkey this summer, and France won the Championship by beating Uruguay in the final 4-1 on penalties, after the game ended in a no score draw.
Lille Sporting Director Frederic Paquet has said the French club do not want to sell their top youngster:
“We’ve always been very clear — his departure has never been either considered or conceivable.” “Florian has just arrived at the club, he’s 100% a Lille player and we’re very happy about that. We’re counting a lot on his talent to enable the team to perform.”
Lille Chairman Michel Seydoux was also towing the Lille party line:
“We know exactly what we want at Lille and I am stubborn. We will take our time for Florian to adapt to the group as we did in the past with Gervinho or Dimitri Payet.”
It seems to us the situation is that Lille would sell for €15M – if some club was daft enough to pay that much over the odds, for a player who cost €11.5M less than that in January.
Newcastle will pay nowhere near that amount for this player.
In his career so far, Florian has played 52 times with 10 goals.
He’s an excellent up and coming player but Newcastle missed their chance to sign him in January for a reasonable fee.
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