Corriere Dello Sport in Italy are reporting today that Florian Thauvin will move to Lazio on loan for next season, and that will happen once Antonio Candreva’s transfer is completed.
They report the loan contract will include a loan fee of €2M and there will be an option to buy – and we also assume his wages will also be paid by the Rome-based club.
Florian Thauvin – loan deal with option to make move permanent
The loan deal seems similar to that of Remy Cabella’s loan to Marseilles last season, when the transfer would become permanent when Florian plays a stated number of game for the Lazio first team.
The permanent deal could then be invoked and probably will be made permanent in January since we assume Florian will be a good addition to the Lazio team since he has played quite well in Newcastle’s pre-season.
The transfer fee is reported to be €11M and that means if he does make the move permanent Newcastle will get €13M for him in total (including the loan fee), which is around £11M – so we got most of our money we paid to Marseille for him last August.
Given Florian had such a disastrous time of it last season at Newcastle, that seems like a good deal the Magpies have negotiated with Lazio – always assuming the Corriere Dello Sport report is accurate.
This deal has been reported to be pending for a number of weeks now with the transfer of Antonio Candreva being the thing that has been holding things up – but it is now likely that Candreva will be moving to Inter-Milan.
Florian has always been reported as being the replacement for the 29 year-old Italian winger.
Florian was probably completely overwhelmed at Newcastle last season, given we started so badly and basically never recovered under the woeful Steve McClaren as head coach.
But the 23 year-old has done well to come back to Newcastle for pre-season and be the professional he has looked over the last four weeks.
It cannot have been easy for him, but he will also have known this deal was pending and very likely to happen.
At the start of the summer the high profile players who could leave Newcastle were Andros Townsend, Gini Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat – and Rafa wanted to keep as many as possible.
If the Thauvin deal goes through and then we sell Moussa Sissoko – as expected – that will be four of the five who have left the club this summer.
Wonder if Daryl will stay?
Thauvin made 13 appearance for Newcastle (unlucky for some) with one goal and three assists.
One final thought – if we sell Thauvin for £11M and Moussa for £35M we will have made £84M on four players – Townsend, Wijnaldum, Thauvin and Sissoko.
We have to replace them.
That will not be easy and at least the first two players – Townsend and Wijnaldum – were probably our best two players in terms of ability and class.