The Guardian is reporting that Tottenham are getting close to signing Marseille winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou for around £11M and this could have some implications for Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin.
Marseille’s finances are not in good shape and they just missed going into administration (also known as bankruptcy) earlier this month by selling striker Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea for a massive £33M on July 3rd.
Florian Thauvin training in Ireland last week
And the sale of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou should further improve their financial situation, so much so that they may be able to spend around £11M to buy Florian Thauvin back from Newcastle.
Newcastle seem willing to take a loss of a couple of million on the 23 year-old Frenchman, who we bought from Marseilles last August for around £13M, but he failed miserably last season and went back on loan to the French club in January.
Florian ended up playing 13 games for Newcastle with one goal and 3 assists, but they all came in the League Cup tie against League Two side Northampton Town.
Florian has been training well at Newcastle since July 1st and scored a goal in Newcastle’s 6-0 win at Bohemian in Dublin on Saturday afternoon.
And today Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez had this to say about Florian’s obvious qualities:
“All of them did well, but he has quality.” “He can score goals and get assists and I always knew that.”
“Now it is a question of him and the others of continuing to work and giving their best in every training session.”
“After that, we can decide what we do.”
There is news in France today from various sources that Marseille are now interested in bringing Florian back to the French club on a permanent basis.
Marseille had earlier struggled to come up with a decent loan proposal to Newcastle to take Florian back on a season long loan deal, but their finances have now improved significantly.
The 23 year-old has been training well and showed good form on Saturday for Newcastle in his short sub appearance in Dublin.
What do you think?