There’s news today from Italy that Florian Thauvin’s agent Fabrizio Ferrari has arrived in Newcastle in a bid to close a deal to have his client move to Italian club Lazio, hopefully by the end of this coming weekend.
Newcastle turned down an offer from Lazio only yesterday and it now would appear there is heightened activity to try to reach an agreement with Newcastle on the transfer of the 23 year-old French winger.
Florian Thauvin in training
Marseille and Lazio seem the only two clubs interested in Florian and it seems both clubs are trying to close a loan deal with an option to buy.
When Lazio’s interest first materialized at the beginning of July this is some of what Ferrari said at the time:
“I do have a rapport with Lazio director Igli Tare.”
“He did not enjoy Newcastle and would be better off in Italy , France or Spain.”
“He’s a valuable player and when a big club like Lazio arrives, it is only normal he is flattered by their interest.”
“But for now there are no negotiations.”
But Lazio have since entered into negotiations for Thauvin and financial terms with the player have already been agreed by the Italian club.
There are different accounts of what the financials are of the proposed loan deal for Florian.
The Chronicle are reporting today that Lazio are offering a one-year loan, with a loan fee of £1M going to Newcastle, and the transfer for £9M will be triggered if he plays a certain number of games.
The terms reported in Italy in the last couple of days were that the loan fee was €2M (£1.67M) and the transfer fee was €11M (£9.2M) – so they are fairly close.
This was the same kind of deal arranged last summer for Remy Cabella that had the Frenchman move permanently to Marseille this summer for around £7.5M with Newcastle also getting a loan fee – probably for £1M.
The Chronicle are also reporting that both Lazio and Marseille are offering the above loan deal with an option to buy.
But Newcastle would still be losing anywhere from £2M to £3M on the above deal, which is why they are probably keen to at least break even on Thauvin.
Reports in Italy suggest the deal could even be wrapped up by the end of the weekend.
As we mentioned this morning, Florian could prefer a move back to Marseille, his former club, but maybe the wages offered by Lazio are higher than those offered by the French club?
Since agents usually get paid a percentage of the deal, it’s small wonder if Ferrari is recommending a move to Lazio – and Florian gets higher wages too.