Marseille are in very poor shape with their finances at the moment and could still find it difficult to do a deal with Newcastle to have Florian Thauvin go on loan for next season in Ligue 1.
Newcastle are playing hardball – at least a little bit – in demanding that Marseille cover Thauvin’s wages in full for next season, something they didn’t do in the just completed loan spell.
It will be interesting to see if Rafa demands that Florian report for training at Newcastle next Tuesday – and it would be good to have Rafa at least talk to the young Frenchman face to face about things.
Florian Thauvin in action against Northampton
Rafa could take a look at him in training and maybe he could use him next summer, but the news in the local papers seems to be that Rafa doesn’t want Florian at Newcastle.
If that’s the case and if Marseille cannot cover Thauvin’s wages next season then Newcastle should look to loan the player out somewhere else – maybe to an Italian club with an option to buy in the contract.
The option to buy clause should have an amount close to the massive £13M we stupidly shelled out for the player last season.
If Florian then plays a stated number of first team games – it was 12 in the case of Remy Cabella – then the deal will completed next July 1st – 2017.
Thauvin’s form picked up towards the end of the season so he has regained some of his confidence he completely lost on Tyneside.
Newcastle would do better to see if they can loan him out to a club not in such financial peril as Marseille are at the moment.
There are a couple of reports in La Provence today that are gloomy at best – and it looks like the French club will not be able to compete much in this summer’s transfer window because of their finances.
One deal that is a done deal is the transfer of Remy Cabella from Newcastle, which La Provence say is for around €9.5M (about £7.3M).
Newcastle could play hardball with Marseille on Thauvin – after all the French club got a massive £13M off the Magpies last season, which can only be explained as an act of charity from Lee Charnley and Graham Carr.
We need to get some of that money back and get out of the charity business.