It looks like it’s a done deal according to RMC Sport in France that this week it will be announced that Florian Thauvin will sign for Newcastle and Remy Cabella will go the other way and the deal will cost Newcastle €17M – which is around £12M – and Marseilles get Remy Cabella for the season on loan with an option to buy.
When Newcastle brought in Cabella last summer, Marseilles were one of the clubs who were after him.
Florian Thauvin in action against Juventus in pre-season
The offer is that Newcastle will pay the full €17M upfront immediately, and that will put big money in the coffers of Marseilles.
After Reims beat Marseilles 1-0 the Marseilles President Vincent Labrune was seen talking to Thauvin on the bench at length, and it’s being reported he was telling the 22 year-old that Newcastle’s offer was too good to turn down.
It’s also thought that the resignation of head coach Marcelo Bielsa last week after losing the first game helped this deal go through, since Marcelo opposed the deal while he was still at Marseilles.
The deal is good for Marseilles because they have already lost a number of players this summer including Andre Ayew who went to Swansea as a free agent and scored against us on Saturday.
Striker Andre-Pierre Gignac also left to join Mexican side join Tigres UANL and rather than another £3M it seemed a good deal for Marseilles to get Remy Cabella on loan, a player they have liked for a few years now.
So instead of Newcastle going higher on the fee – Marseilles are reported to have wanted £15M for Florian – they have thrown in Remy Cabella on a one year loan deal.
But it’s a risk for Newcastle, who will have to hope that Thauvin can quickly adapt to the conditions of English football, which Remy Cabella failed to do last season.
We had hoped that Remy would have been given a chance this season, but we suppose it’s not to be, and if this deal goes through it looks like Cabella’s future at Newcastle is over.
The deal is expected to be completed this week.