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Strange Claims Made By Florian Thauvin’s Agent

Florian Thauvin is back on Tyneside for pre-season after leaving the Tyneside club on loan in January, when he arranged a short loan spell back to former club Marseille to get away from what had become a nightmare for him at Newcastle.

But the return is likely to be short-lived and maybe the best we can hope for next season is to loan him out,  so we can at least get his wages off the wage bill.

There have been reports that Marseille, who are short of money, cannot afford to pay all of Thauvin’s wages next season, which is  a prerequisite from Newcastle for any Thauvin loan.

There are also reports Florian is willing to take a wage cut to make the loan deal happen.


Florian Thauvin – didn’t like it at Newcastle

Rome club Lazio will soon have former Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager – and there have been hopes that Lazio could take him on loan this summer or even buy him outright.

But his agent Fabrizio Ferrari has surprisingly said there has been no contact with Lazio – and he also made the strange claim that Florian is worth more than £4M:

“He is a player who can and must improve, with marvelous technique, a right-sided forward who loves to cut back in.”

“He left former Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa on very good terms. Lazio? At this moment there is nothing, no direct contact and no negotiations.”

“There could well be interest for him, as there has been for others trained by Bielsa.”   “I do have a rapport with Lazio director Igli Tare, but we never talked about Thauvin.”

“He did not enjoy Newcastle and would be better off in Italy, France or Spain. He’s a valuable player, worth a lot more than £4M.”

“When a big club like Lazio arrives, it is only normal he is flattered by their interest, but for now there are no negotiations.”

There has been a lot of news over the last week or two that Lazio were interested in the player, so it’s a little surprising nothing seems to have happened.

And we hope Thauvin is worth more than £4M, since we stupidly paid out £13M for him last August, with some  Italian reports saying Lazio value him at that£4M figure.

We paid a very high £13M for him after he had a poor previous season at Marseille – and the French club probably couldn’t believe their luck when Lee Charnley and Graham Carr went in with that high offer for him.

Let’s hope we can get back a lot of that £13M and hopefully even before September rolls around.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

    He’ll probably end up staying, a season in the championship could be just what he needs. Certainly would rather keep him than the likes of gouffran

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #2

    A Thauvin three is a renowned blog killer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3


  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Thauvin is rubbish and needs to go

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    No chance in hell of us getting near 10m for this waster. Shame as he does have potential. But he is too slow and too easily brushed aside by the defenders in the english leagues.

  • jane

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    i would of thought he has potential.

  • jane

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #7

    what is the situation with Sammy Ameobi?

  • stephen1971

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #8

    i don,t think he,s rubbish i just think the system that was being played did,nt suit him at all and made him look poor, potential there so lets hope rafa can work with him

  • banjax

    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #9

    There must be a level football that Thauvin is capable of playing well with Newcastle. The Championship is very physical but not as skilful as the premiership. With a measley £4m on offer to buy and no club wanting to pay all of his wages, Rafa might be better getting Thauvin to knuckle down and earn his due !

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Sammy would appear to be still on loan at Cardiff City

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #11

    He had his contract extended to June 2017 but does not have a current squad number .

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Jib….. It seems strange that you would choose to converse with your missus on a football blog.

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    RIP Mrs Merton

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Ha ha 10% of the population of Iceland is in France

  • BandB

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Djokovic is out.
    Chance for Jockovic

  • hibbitt

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #16

    all you folk that know french football
    is there anyone in the Marseille team / squad we could swop Thauvin with FB/CB/DM
    any thoughts

  • geordie157

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #17

    How much can we realistically get for ameobi, vuckic and bigi….not a lot.

    Ameobi is a league one player, vuckic will end up in Scotland, bigi possibly still has a bright future but regular football is what he needs and again probably at league one level.

    Would much rather see the likes of barlaser, Roberts, Smith and longstaff getting a chance.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    I hope the nations football grounds give those England players on duty at this latest shambles give the pampered “stars” a piece of their minds.

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #19

    hibbitt – they have Ocampos, who’s on loan at Genoa at the minute. Not sure if that’s for next season or last though. He’s a tricky winger, but unlikely to want to play in the Championship.

    There’s also Lass Diarra, who plays as a defensive midfielder. Could be a good replacement for Tiote if he leaves. Again, may not fancy a season in the second tier.

    Finally, there’s this unbelievable winger called Remy Cabella. An absolute wizard. He’d definitely, one hundred percent be a success at the Toon. We should pay whatever fee they want for him, not matter how ridiculous it may be.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Do you realise how poor the U21’s and U18’s were last year. You can’t just have a mass clear out without bringing players in and we’re not going to buy ten players this summer, you have to gradually bring the youth through not just lump them straight in to the deepend.

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21

    L’OM have a 21 year old Dutch CB – Karim Rekik
    He was signed as 17 year old wonder kid by Chelsea but only ever played for them twice in cup matches.
    Chelsea loaned him out to Portsmouth and Blackburn for a couple of seasons so he knows English footy.
    He then went on loan to PSV for 2 seasons then Chelsea sold him to Marseilles last summer.
    He has 1 Dutch cap ( see what I did there )

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #22

    And as far as centrebacks go, Marseille don’t really have anyone I’d take. No real height in there, which we need for next season.

  • carl

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #23

    It really won’t happen.
    Most fans put their club before country. At club grounds a section of the crowd will abuse opposition “star players” as they always have.
    Shearer was regularly abused whilst being England captain.
    Maybe they will applaud Welsh players in their own teams.

  • carl

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Didn’t we recently bring in a number of academy players released by Man City?

  • carl

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Who in their right mind would spend £65 million on Lukaku. Makes Benteke seem a steal at £30 million.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #26

    I wonder if Saint Rafa is considering a couple of loanees from the ridiculous pool of talented youngsters at M City and Chelsea. Patrick Van Arnolt worked well last time, still don’t know why we never bought him. Probably wasn’t with mondial and the footballing brains used that sell on value calculator they bought on the cheap and decided it would be better to squander 26M on Thauvin and Carell a instead.

  • hibbitt

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #27

    the only way the academy / under 21s will improve is get rid of Beardsley and his staff
    not a good coach among them
    Beardsley should be no were near these kids
    great player he was
    but by far the worst coach nufc have ever employed

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #28

    I wonder why he’s kept them there? Maybe he didn’t want to completely spill the apple cart and is putting members of his own team to work alongside them and see how they progress. A good youth set up is essential.

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #29

    I was thinking of Belgian defenders which of course led me to think of the great Philip (Prince) Albert.
    I was at this match on Sunday afternoon 3 / Nov / 1996
    You can see Pavel having a chuckle in the background.
    I thought Juninho was OK btw

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #30

    We won 3-1 Beardsley 2 Rob Lee 1
    I cannot remember who scord for Boro

  • hibbitt

    Jul 2, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #31

    no doubt a great player
    but not a great coach just not up to the job living on his reputation
    wont last long under Rafa peter and his staff will soon be found out

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #32

    vinceremo forza azzuri

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 2, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Pleased with the signings but we are now worse off than where we were, having lost townsend and set to lose krul sissoko wiji janmaat etc. Rafa has failed to shake up the hugely underperforming coaching set up at nufc but at least carr isnt wasting our resources on mondial jessies.


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