Florian Thauvin was a bit of a disaster signing for Newcastle last summer and he lasted just six months on Tyneside before he decided in January he wanted to leave Newcastle on loan for the rest of the season at previous club Marseille.
Florian didn’t much fancy helping Newcastle fight relegation last season.
And it seems Rafa Benitez has already decided on Florian and he doesn’t want him at Newcastle; Rafa has told his agent to find another club for his client.
Florian Thauvin – wants another loan at Marseille
Newcastle would like to cash in on Thauvin and while Marseille want a loan deal arranged for Thauvin next season, Newcastle have told them they will not supplement his wages of £40K/week – so the French club will have to pay the full wages themselves – or he could end up elsewhere.
However, there’s news today in the Chronicle the Frenchman is willing to take a cut in those wages if it will facilitate his loan to Marseille next season.
Newcastle are prepared to look elsewhere either to send the French winger on loan again or sell him, which is the preferred option and use the transfer fee to bring in other players.
But at the very least they want his wages completely off the Newcastle wage bill for next season.
We had thought at one point that Benitez may want to send the 23 year-old out on loan next season so he could then take a look at him next summer, when hopefully we are back in the Premier League and see if he could use him.
But it seems Rafa has looked at every player in the squad and already decided on them to a large extent – and the Spanish manager is not impressed with Florian Thauvin.
One intriguing aspect we have reported on recently is that Marseille could well be taken over shortly by Iranian investors, who have said they will put massive amounts of money into the club to improve both the squad and the facilities.
If that happens Newcastle may touch lucky and get the owners to buy back Florian for the £13M we paid Marseille for him last August – a very bad deal set up by Chief Scout Graham Carr and Lee Charnley.
It does look like the feeling is mutual with Florian – Newcastle don’t want him and he doesn’t see a future for himself at Newcastle.
Did we say it was a really bad deal for Newcastle?