Next month we are hoping that Newcastle will formally announce that Florian Thauvin has been sold to Marseille (for around £10M) so we have clawed back some of the £13M (estimate) we paid out to Marseille for the player eighteen months ago.
Florian followed the same track as Remy Cabella at Newcastle – Remy was a similar kind of player signed the season before from Montpellier – and after a failed first season on Tyneside he was sent out on loan to Marseille for last season – it was an obligation to buy loan.
That means that when Remy played a certain number of games for Marseille – 12 – the transfer was automatically executed for the fee agreed to in the loan contract.
Florian Thauvin in pre-season at Newcastle
Florian is on exactly the same loan deal this season as Remy was on last season and Thauvin has already played 12 games – so he will become a Marseille player in January when transfers are again officially allowed.
So any discussion about bringing Florian back to Newcastle is beside the point – he will be a Marseille player in January.
That’s been a decent deal for Newcastle after Thauvin played poorly for Newcastle for about five months, before he got a loan deal arranged back to his former club in January of this year.
To be fair to the youngster, he did come back in pre-season – which must have been very difficult for him- and Rafa said he was very professional and trained hard.
So that shows some maturity from the Frenchman and good for him – he deserves credit for that.
So Florian is gone and whereas Newcastle didn’t announce Remy Cabella as having been transferred to Marseille until late August this year, we hope Managing Director Lee Charnley will announce the Thauvin move – hopefully early next month.
We’ll see if that happens.