There are reports coming out of France that Newcastle United are now looking at Florian Thauvin’s team-mate at Marseilles – Mario Lemina – so Newcastle could not get one but two Marseilles players.
According tu the Chronicle Newcastle are pushing hard to get their first transfer breakthrough this weekend, so it would be doubly good is we can sign both Thauvin and Lemina together.
Mario Lemina – 21 year-old Marseilles central midfielder
Lemina is a right-footed central midfielder who turns 22 in September – and he plays in defensive midfield, and so could be the player brought in for Cheick Tiote, should Cheick be sold this summer.
The report is in L’Equipe that Newcastle have lodged a bid for both players, and the total amount offered is around £15M.
Lemina was born in Gabon and has been at Marseilles two years since signing on from Lorient, and has so far played 46 times for Marseilles with two goals.
He has played for both the French U20 and U21 sides and he was called up by Gabon to participate in the 2015 African Cup of Nations, but he refused to play for them and still harbors ambitions to play for France.
Before he joined Marseilles at 19 years-old he had played 18 times for Lorient.
Lemina still has three years left on his contract at the south of France club, and the 6 ft tall midfielder would cost around £3M.
Newcastle have been linked heavily with Thauvin for over three years now, and maybe we can finally get him to the club – and he’s one of the best young players in France.