Florian Thauvin is back on Tyneside for pre-season after leaving the Tyneside club on loan in January, when he arranged a short loan spell back to former club Marseille to get away from what had become a nightmare for him at Newcastle.
But the return is likely to be short-lived and maybe the best we can hope for next season is to loan him out, so we can at least get his wages off the wage bill.
There have been reports that Marseille, who are short of money, cannot afford to pay all of Thauvin’s wages next season, which is a prerequisite from Newcastle for any Thauvin loan.
There are also reports Florian is willing to take a wage cut to make the loan deal happen.
Florian Thauvin – didn’t like it at Newcastle
Rome club Lazio will soon have former Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager – and there have been hopes that Lazio could take him on loan this summer or even buy him outright.
But his agent Fabrizio Ferrari has surprisingly said there has been no contact with Lazio – and he also made the strange claim that Florian is worth more than £4M:
“He is a player who can and must improve, with marvelous technique, a right-sided forward who loves to cut back in.”
“He left former Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa on very good terms. Lazio? At this moment there is nothing, no direct contact and no negotiations.”
“There could well be interest for him, as there has been for others trained by Bielsa.” “I do have a rapport with Lazio director Igli Tare, but we never talked about Thauvin.”
“He did not enjoy Newcastle and would be better off in Italy, France or Spain. He’s a valuable player, worth a lot more than £4M.”
“When a big club like Lazio arrives, it is only normal he is flattered by their interest, but for now there are no negotiations.”
There has been a lot of news over the last week or two that Lazio were interested in the player, so it’s a little surprising nothing seems to have happened.
And we hope Thauvin is worth more than £4M, since we stupidly paid out £13M for him last August, with some Italian reports saying Lazio value him at that£4M figure.
We paid a very high £13M for him after he had a poor previous season at Marseille – and the French club probably couldn’t believe their luck when Lee Charnley and Graham Carr went in with that high offer for him.
Let’s hope we can get back a lot of that £13M and hopefully even before September rolls around.