We had a feeling that Florian Thauvin wanted a move only to Marseille and we wrote an article on that last Friday.
It wasn’t based on rocket science, but rather that Florian had such a nightmare time of it at Newcastle for six months in a different new country with a different language and different culture that we thought he would not be too willing to move to Italy and Lazio this summer.
It seems that’s how it’s turned out, with Florian finally telling Lazio on Sunday he did not want to move there, after the Italian club had an offer accepted by Newcastle for a one year loan with a buy clause once Thauvin had played so many games for Lazio.
Florian Thauvin in action for Newcastle last season
So the attention has turned to Marseille and whether they can come up with a deal that would be acceptable to Newcastle – and certainly earlier in the summer the offers the French club made were not acceptable to Newcastle.
Since then Marseille have sold some players for huge transfer fees, so their financial position is now much improved.
But Marseille may still find it difficult to come up with a deal and perhaps that’s why Florian looked so concerned during Open Day yesterday?
There’s news in the French daily L’Equipe today that Marseille are still confident of success in getting Florian back to the French club – and maybe that’s because there’s no competition left with no other club coming in for the 23 year-old.
In today’s L’Equipe, Marseille have made a formal offer for the player for a season long loan with a buy option after Florian plays a certain number of games for the French club this season.
The deal is said to be worth €11M (£9.8M) in total, which will give Newcastle £3M less than we paid Marseille for Thauvin less than a year ago – and we assume that total amount includes the loan fee.
And the offer is reported to be €1.5M less than Lazio’s offer, which was accepted by Newcastle last Friday.
So we’ll have to wait and see if Newcastle accept this offer, but we doubt Newcastle will and lose a full £3M on Thauvin in a short 12 months.
Rafa has said the club will only sell if they get the right offers in for players.
What do you think?