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Newcastle’s Could Be Getting Close To £20M From Marseille

12:19 pm, Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Remy Cabella is expected to sign for Marseille on July 1st – the first day of the transfer window – for an already agreed to €8M  (£6.3M) and that deal will provide some funds for Rafa Benitez to use this summer in the transfer window.

And Remy was out on loan last season and played poorly for us the season before in his only season in England – and so he will not be missed.

Marseille triggered a transfer clause in the contract earlier last season, when he had made 12 first team appearances for the French side.

remy Cabella

Remy Cabella – deal for €8M already agreed

And news today in the Chronicle that Rafa Benitez has told Florian Thauvin’s agents to find a new club for him and it is an open question as to whether we can get the £13M we invested in the 23 year-old less than a year ago.

That was another poor deal for a French winger instigated by Chief Scout Graham Carr.

Thauvin would like to stay with Marseille and maybe they could offer a good price for Florian, but only if the cash-strapped club is bought by Iranian investors associated with Iran Air – for around €100M (£79M).

But potential good news for Newcastle is their intention is to invest some big money in the south of France club to make them real competitors to PSG in the French League and be a club to reckon with in Europe.

The news is they will invest a massive €500M (£395M) in both the squad and the club’s overall facilities – so there may be £13M there they would be willing to pay for Thauvin?

Hope so – and that would be £20M for Cabella and Thauvin for the club – a good deal for Newcastle and we would be in a very good financial state.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Florian Thauvin · Newcastle News · Remy Cabella · Transfer News and Rumours

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The next Mike Williamson // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    mccormack is at that age when most strikers lose their pace and suddenly become rubbish. its best to buy young strikers and old defenders.

  • 2 G // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    How come the French league is suddenly receiving all this investment? They have the really iffy taxation rules (far worse than Spain even) so make it really difficult for clubs to make a profit. I’m genuinely baffled by the guys buying PSG / Monaco / and now potentially OM? Whats going on?

  • 3 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    @Spoof – it’ll be like opposites land then at NUFC who have built a squad out of buying talented players who were cheaper because of their shocking attitudes. Hard to judge attitudes off the pitch as we rarely see or hear what goes on behind closed doors but Elliott, Lascelles, Anita and Townsend came off best. Think those 4 will all be important player for us next season if they stay. Add into that perhaps Mbemba, Colback and Dummett and we have 7 players that looked like they gave a flying duck. Add into that Shelvey, Saivet, Darlow, Haidara who won’t be leaving as no1 will match even half of their contracts and we have a strong base to add to.
    Add in Armstrong, Toney, Good, Sterry and Ameobi, probably 4 that can contribute from the bench or to the squad. Ameobi, i’m not a fan but he’s tricky and even at premier league level on occasions showed he has talent. A useful squad player.
    Then add in maybe 3 -5 from Mitrovic, Janmaat, tiote, sissoko, gini, Krul, Cisse, Perez,Coloccini, Gouffran, Riviere, Thauvin , De Jong that will stay. Personally can see Gouffran riding out his last year, Mitrovic and Krul staying and Thauvin and Riviere going out on loans with Sissoko, Gini, Cisse, Colo and De Jong being sold. Can see Perez going, its pretty evident his agent is touting him around now.
    That in mind we’d have a squad of around 20 players needing around 5 transfers for first team players in and maybe 2 young talented players.
    I think we’ll need 2 CB, a RB, a LM and a CF, probably an outlay of around 40m which is doable as the club will probably make 30m on outgoing players and doesn’t have to cut costs as the parachute payment is actually higher than last years tv deal

  • 4 martoon // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Sorry Ed but no one is going to pay £13m for Thauvin – he wasn’t worth that when we bought him and he certainly isn’t now he has been ‘McClarened’!

  • 5 cyprus // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Good point that. What is the ideal age of a striker, if there is such a thing. For instance Defoe is a bit like old wine. Damn him.

    Maybe 26?

    How old is Hazard? I think that guy will hit his peak now. The Ronaldo Messi pair are probably past the amazing heights?

    Carl, JFA, Spoof read your points, thanks. I think only JFA had a question, regarding Enrique… yes I think he’s our best ever there. Not much competition, usually. Our defense is traditionally crap, including the entertainers.

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:48 PM


    don’t old defenders not lose their pace too. we’ve had a stack of them who didn’t have much pace to start with.

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Surely it should be ‘Brolly-beaten’ as an extension of Pardewed onto SMC.

  • 8 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Strikers age surely depends on their conditioning, lifestyle, and style of play. Ibra is 34 but has amazing conditioning and makes the right sacrifices and just had the best season of his career, seems to get better as he gets older. Contrast to Michael owen who was on the decline aged 25.
    Think pace starts to go around 31-32 years old. Im 31 at the moment, and still train MMA but don’t compete anymore but i can tell the recovery time is much longer and I have to work much harder than when I was 24-25 so a players desire and mentality is key to keep working harder still, Ronaldo be a good example of this.
    Think how many games they have played counts too. Rooney at 30 has played more games than most guys will play in their whole career and as such has declined hugely from the player he once was.
    If a player relies on technique, positioning and intelligence then usually they can play into their late 30’s no problem but if they rely on athletic prowess, pace, power I think the decline is rapid from about 32.

  • 9 sing in the corner // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    ‘Brolly beaten’ hahaha 🙂

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