The pace could well be picking up for Marseille to make an offer for Newcastle midfielder Henri Saivet, who has hardly had a look-in since he arrived from Bordeaux in January for £5M.
Henri was brought in along with fellow central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea, but both struggled to make an impact at Newcastle and it was noticeable that Henri did not play in the first team last season once Rafa Benitez arrived at the club.
And just as we released this article there’s late breaking new that a deal has finally been agreed between Marseille and Newcastle for Florian Thauvin to move to Marseille on loan next season – with an option to buy after a certain number of games played.
Henri Saivet in training in pre-season
We have more on the Thauvin deal at the end of this article, but first of all here’s more on the potential Saivet move.
Saivet seems expendable this summer, especially when Rafa has just brought in powerful central midfielder Mohamed Diame from Hull City yesterday.
According to the local newspaper La Provence, Marseille’s new Sporting Director Gunter Jacob and Head of Recruitment Jean-Philippe Durand have already talked with Saivet’s agent about a move.
French daily L’Equipe is also reporting Marseille’s interest in Saivet, although they say Henri is just one of a number of central midfielders the French club is looking at.
We’re not sure why Henri hasn’t done better at Newcastle, but maybe he’s finding it hard to adjust to the physical play in England and also to the pace of the game, which is much quicker than in the French league.
One of the difficulties in a potential move back to France could be Henri’s high wages, since he will have received a significant increase in wages to join Newcastle from what he was getting at Bordeaux.
Newcastle will want to recuperate the full £5M they paid to Bordeaux last January for the 25 year-old Senegal International midfielder.
Florian Thauvin – deal agreed with Marseille?
And as we mentioned at the beginning of the article there’s news breaking today via a report in France Football that Newcastle have indeed agreed a deal with Marseille to have Florian move back to his former club – initially on loan.
The deal is for €11M (£9.8M) but that means we will be losing around £3M in a year on Thauvin.
But if the report of a deal being agreed is true Florian will be very happy, because he seems to have set his heart on returning to France and to former club Marseille in particular.
What do you think?