Marseille are very short of money this summer and we wrote an article yesterday that any deal with Marseille would not be a particularly good one for Newcastle and that the French club may not even be able to get a loan deal for Florian Thauvin, because they may not be able to meet his wages.
Newcastle are willing to agree to a loan deal for their French winger, but only if the other club will pay 100% of the wages.
Potentially good news today that former Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa is now the manager at Lazio and Corriere dello Sport are reporting in Italy that Lazio may now make a move for the Newcastle winger.
Florian Thauvin while at Newcastle
And it could be that they want to sign Thauvin permanently this summer, which could turn out to be a good deal for Newcastle, since it seems Rafa Benitez is not interested in keeping the French U21 winger at the club.
An alternative to a straight transfer deal the summer is to agree a loan deal with Lazio with an option to buy at a certain price one Florian has played a certain number of games for the italian club.
With Antonio Candreva likely to leave Lazio this summer, Thauvin could be brought in to replace the 40 times capped Italian International winger.
When Bielsa was at Marseille for 16 months from May of 2104 he seemed to get the very best out of the 23 year-old Frenchman and it seems like he thinks he can do the same thing in Italy at Lazio.
Thauvin had a disastrous time of it at Newcastle and lasted only six months before he forced a loan move back to France last January as Newcastle struggled with relegation.
If Newcastle can get the £13M back we paid Marseille last summer for Florian, that would be a very good deal for Rafa Benitez, who can then use that money to strengthen the Newcastle squad.