There is a report in le10sport today that Newcastle target Marseilles winger Florian Thauvin may be getting itchy feet, and may want to leave the club this summer.
The report is that Florian is a little bit concerned about what’s happening at the French club – with a number of top players already leaving the club this summer, with Marseilles needing to sell to get themselves out of their current financial difficulties.
Florian Thauvin – concerned about Marseilles
Florian is said to be hesitant to stay with the club who have lost a number of their executives this summer, and have already sold several of their best players – Andre-Pierre Gignac, Dimitri Payet, Andre Ayew and Giannelli Imbula.
There are also doubts as to whether Nicolas Nkoulou and Steve Mandanda will be staying at the club, which is one reason Florian seems to be a little concerned.
Newcastle will be watching the situation carefully, but le10sport also reported late last week that it’s their understanding Florian is not all that keen to join Newcastle.
Last May, Florian Thauvin had this to say about his position at Marseilles:
“Regarding my future, we do not know what can happen. We do not know the position of the club in late season.”
“I will see what will happen and if the club needs money and whether I must be sold – but my position is to succeed at OM . “
Newcastle are supposed to have bid €15M (£10.6M) for the midfielder, but it’s not clear if Marseilles have accepted that bid or turned it down.
Even if Marseilles accept the bid, it could still be difficult for Newcastle to persuade the 22 year-old to join the club, if last week’s report is accurate.
The best chance Newcastle have is to move in (very) quickly and get him tied up before other bigger clubs come in after him.
But unfortunately you cannot accuse Newcastle of being anything but indecisive and slow in this summer’s transfer window.
But it still may be good news that Florian could now push for a move away from Marseilles this summer.
Over to you Lee Charnley – perhaps have four cups of very strong black Italian coffee (I love the stuff) – and then get on the phone with Marseilles.
That could do it.