Newcastle have been interested in signing 22 year-old French U21 Intentional Florian Thauvin for a couple of years now, and in January of last year Newcastle made a determined attempt to sign the youngster but were unsuccessful and the player is now on a five year deal at Marseilles.
He in fact joined Lille 16 months ago, but was only there for six months before singing on at Marseilles, due to a contract concern with Lille – who were not paying him the wages he could get at Marseilles.
Florian Thauvin – 22 year-old Marseilles forward
There was news earlier this month that Newcastle had approached Thauvin, and offered to double his wages he’s getting at Marseilles if he would sign on at Newcastle, always assuming we stay in the Premier League of course.
Florian is a skillful young player and some big clubs have been interested in him for a while now – but he has now reacted to the latest transfer talk – principally of Newcastle being keen to sign him this summer.
This is what he said about this yesterday:
“People are talking about me a lot but I haven’t said anything.” “Now I will, I am staying at Marseilles next season.”
In January of last year Florian had talked of the interest of both Newcastle and Arsenal, but for some reason he chose Lille.
With the taxes in France so high these days, French players have again become attractive to Newcastle because it should be fairly easy to persuade them to come to England for much better wages, because they will not have to pay the massive taxes they now have to pay in France.
One problem Newcastle will have in attracting this 22 year-old is we cannot offer him Champions League football, and that’s what top players want.
So unless Newcastle change their modus operandi in the summer, we will always be struggling to attract the really top players that club like Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs can attract.
But I’m forgetting – we are told continuously by Newcastle that we cannot compete for those top players with those top clubs.
And we’re the 19th richest club in the world right now?
In the last two seasons Florian has played 73 times for Marseilles but with only one goal, and with the French club 4th in the French League at the moment, they could miss out on the Champions league next season.
What do you think?