There are reports that with Marseilles cash reserves having been amply replenished by the sale of Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea for €40M (33.6M) – Marseille may now be able to make a more than decent loan offer to Newcastle for Florian Thauvin for next season.
One requirement is that they pay the full wages of the 23 year-old which previously the famous French club had been unable to do.
Florian Thauvin – wants to leave Newcastle
It could even be that Marseilles come in and try to buy back Thauvin from Newcastle in a permanent deal.
The advantage Newcastle have at the moment is that former Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa is set to be appointed the Lazio manager imminently – and the Italian club could also be ready to make an early move for Thauvin.
Thauvin has made it abundantly clear he doesn’t want to stay at Newcastle, but he is on Tyneside now since training started on Friday.
He’s also said he’s flattered by the Lazio interest which is simply code for “please come and get me.”
Rafa Benitez will take a close look at the French winger in the next few days in training and also talk to him to see if he could be useful to Newcastle in a year or so, when hopefully we are back in the Premier League.
It depends a lot on whether Thauvin would even consider that, but if he wouldn’t then Rafa could look for a permanent transfer of Thauvin this summer.
Otherwise a loan deal could be better and he could return to Newcastle next summer..
With a permanent transfer those funds could be used immediately to bring in some additional good players this summer to further strengthen the Newcastle squad.
So if Rafa decides Thauvin is not in Newcastle’s future, which has been hinted for a while now – he may go for a permanent transfer or a loan with an option to buy from either Marseille or Lazio – or any other club interested.
Sounds good to us.