If at all possible Newcastle would like to sell French flop Florian Thauvin this summer and maybe the best deal for Newcastle is for him to move to Italy.
Marseille want to take the player on loan again next season, but they are extremely short of cash.
The advantage with Lazio, who are interested in the player, is the new manager there is former Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa and he is keen on signing Thauvin and he got the best out of the winger when he managed Marseille for about 15 months from May, 2014.
Florian Thauvin – Newcastle want £10M to £11M for him
There is a report in Gianluca Di Marzio today that Rafa Benitez wants from £10M to £11M for the winger and that means we will lose between £2M and £3M on the player in a year.
We paid Marseille £13M for him last August and the lowered amount is an indication of Newcastle wanting to do a straight transfer for the winger in the summer.
It’s obvious Newcastle overpaid for Florian when he had a poor season in 2014-2015 and yet we paid a rather staggering £13M for him – a player very much like Remy Cabella who had just failed miserably the season before on Tyneside.
But that’s what the transfer business was like at Newcastle with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr in charge – very poor at best.
It’s still a question as to whether Lazio will want to meet Newcastle’s lowered fee on Thauvin.
What do you think?