It was reported earlier today by France Football that Newcastle and Marseille had agreed to a loan deal for Florian Thauvin – so the 23 year-old winger can return to his former club.
And shortly after Newcastle announced the deal as being official.
The loan deal comes with an obligation to buy if Florian plays a certain number of first team games for the French club – so we suppose the permanent transfer could happen in January.
Florian Thauvin – playing in Dublin in pre-season
This is what Newcastle have out on the web-site:
Florian Thauvin has returned to Marseille on a season-long loan, with the French club having an obligation to make the move permanent.
The 23-year-old arrived on Tyneside from Marseille 12 months ago, but headed back to the Stade Velodrome in January on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.
Returning to the North-East this summer, Thauvin featured in four of United’s five pre-season friendlies but will now ply his trade for L’OM again in Ligue 1.
The winger made 16 competitive appearances for Newcastle, five of which were starts, and scored one goal.
Everyone at St. James’ Park wishes Florian well for the future.
A loan deal had been agreed with Lazio, but Thauvin did not want to move to Italy but preferred a move back to his former club.
It seems the deal is worth €11M which is around £9.8M, so we are losing on the deal after we brought him in from Marseille for £13M almost exactly a year ago.
And we reported earlier today that Marseille may also put in a bid for central midfielder Henri Saivet, who seems to have no future at Newcastle.
Maybe Marseille will negotiate a loan deal with obligation to buy for Henri too?