23 year-old Florian Thauvin had a terrible time of it at Newcastle in the six months he was on Tyneside, before he forced a loan move back to his former club Marseilles.
Last summer was the first time Florian had left France and it looks like he was home-sick and couldn’t get back quickly enough and that must have also hampered the efforts to have him settle on Tyneside.
Florian Thauvin in pre-season training at Newcastle
There was news yesterday that Newcastle turned down a bid from Lazio for the French winger, because the bid was far below the valuation Newcastle have on Florian.
We paid around £13M for him last August and it has tuned out to be a terrible acquisition by Graham Carr – and Newcastle will be trying to recoup as much of that£13M fee as possible.
Today the French daily L’Equipe are reporting that Florian Thauvin is putting some pressure on Newcastle to get a deal done with Marseille, rather than Lazio.
That’s not too surprising because if he moves to Rome how different an experience would that be with Florian going to (yet) another country where he cannot speak the language and the culture is so different from his native France?
He’s still well aware of the disaster his move to England and Newcastle was last summer
And there’s a different story in the local Marseille paper Provence, who are reporting that Florian is frustrated at how long Marseilles are taking to put together a deal to Newcastle to take him back.
But Newcastle will only allow Thauvin to leave Newcastle on their terms and it’s not clear that Marseille can put a good enough deal together that will be acceptable to Newcastle.
Earlier in the summer the French club were really short of money, but they have since sold Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea for an initial £33M and Benjamin Mendy was sold to Monaco on a five year deal.
And Tottenham agreed yesterday to an £11m deal for Marseille winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
So the financial situation at Marseille is improving, but it remains to be seen if they can either buy Florian outright this summer or put together a loan deal with an option to buy.
The loan deal is what Lazio offered, but the terms were not agreeable to Newcastle.
From what we can tell the chances of Thauvin returning to Marseille do not appear good.
What do you think?