There are reports coming out of Italy that Lazio are interested in signing Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin, and it seems a number of clubs are interested in the 23 year-old, who hardly did well for Newcastle in the Premier League in the first half of the season.
Only a couple of days ago there were reports in Football Italia that Inter-Milan were interested in signing the French U21 International this summer.
Florian Thauvin in action against Aston Villa
This latest report is in Corriere dello Sport and Thauvin is said to be one of the flair players Lazio are considering signing in the summer.
Whether Thauvin is sold or not depends on whether Newcastle are still in the Premier League and if we are not then Thauvin will be sold or else sent out on loan so at least another club pays his wages for next season.
The report suggests Lazio are thinking they may be able to get a good deal on Florian if we are relegated.
But Newcastle paid (overpaid) a massive £13M for this guy and we don’t want to lose too much money on him, in what has turned out to be another poor buy by Chief Scout Graham Carr.
If Newcastle stay up, there is no way Florian will be sold until Rafa Benitez can take a look at him in pre-season training.
And we would expect the 56 year-old to be able to get the best out of the 23 year-old, if he decides to keep him at the club.
But all of this is dependent on a couple of important things – whether Newcastle can survive in the Premier League and if Rafa Benitez will continue on as the Newcastle manager next season.