La Provence are reporting today that Marseille have exercised an option to trigger the permanent signing of Florian Thauvin from Newcastle United.
In fact, the loan deal contained an obligation to buy which means that after Florian played a certain number of games the automatic permanent transfer of the player would be activated.
The transfer fee was agreed as part of the loan contract and is thought to be around £10M which is about £3M less than we paid for him in the summer of last year, when we bought him from Marseille.
Florian Thauvin last August during pre-season at Newcastle
The loan deal last season for Remy Cabella was the same type as for Florian this season and in Remy’s case the number of games he had to play was 12.
It’s interesting that Thauvin has now played exactly 12 games for Marseille with 3 goals and 2 assists, so it looks like the automatic trigger of his permanent transfer has taken place.
The question now is when exactly is the transfer executed – will the move be made permanent in the January transfer window or in the summer?
Last season Newcastle failed to report that Remy Cabella had left Newcastle and joined Marseille on a permanent basis until August 11th and that was only after the fans and the media were asking about the status of Cabella since he was training and playing with Marseille.
Hopefully, Newcastle will be on the ball this time around with Rafa Benitez in charge.
Florian didn’t seem to be cut out for playing in the Premier League and he struggled a lot last season and finally returned to Marseille in January for a loan deal until the end of the season, as Newcastle battled against relegation.
Florian played 13 games for Newcastle with one goal and 3 assists but they all came in the League Cup 4-1 win over Northampton Town in August of last year at St. James’ Park.