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Report – Another High Profile Player To Leave Newcastle

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #41


    It certainly seems that way and long nay it last too. I would love to see the likes of Hughes Taylor Trippier etc at the Toon.


    So far, we have lost 9 players from last seasons squad with the liklihood 4 more to go.

    We have signed 6 players.

    Several players have returned from loans including Armstrong Ameobi Vuckic Satka.

    Sterry seems to have been promoted to the senior squad from the academy and Curtis Good nade his long awaited return ftom injury last week.

  • ToonRich

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #42

    Just read (source; Daily mail)…Barca considering Perez as backup to their strike trio :/
    Would Ayoze leave to play backup? Probably quite hard to turn down Barca though, he’d get game time in the cup, maybe some champs league matches or league games following CL…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #43

    Riverie was unfortunate that Cleopatra was made in the early sixties. Had he have been around then he would have found his true vocation in life as a stunt double to that slave who fell off the ramp while heaving rocks, his ability to fall over would not have gone unissued.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #44


  • expatmag

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #45


    He has already intimated he is not interested. Old news

  • expatmag

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #46



  • Wayayman

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #47

    I was at the match last night wih my 13yr old son.After the game we stood by the coach waiting for the players along with 5 or 6 others. The majority of other fans were at the door where the players were leaving the stadium. There was definitely one adult chatting to the players as they got on the bus. Could have been Ian Toon? Who knows?
    Darlow, Colback, Aarons, Arma, Gayle, Saivet and Anita all stopped for pics and autographs. Mitro did a couple and then marched with a look of thunder on his face to the bus. Lascelles jogged to the bus ignoring everyone.
    So funny with Rafa though, it got a bit excited when we knew he was coming through, one bloke reached across the fans and stroked Rafa’s head like he was a deity or something. My lad video’d it, very funny.

    Aaanyway, great atmosphere last night. Hard to judge tactically anything in these games but we did change tactics a few times even in the first half. Shelvey was always looking for Gayle who was trying to play on the shoulder of the last defender and but for better delivery would have been in at least 3 times in the first half.
    We seem to have a problem on the left… Who knew?!? Dummet was left with 1 on 1 when in possession and failed to take their fullback on each time. Aarons for some reason was coming infield rather than making an earlier run down the wing so Dummy could pass. Aarons did nothing to show he’s ready to start.

    Hayden is a very tidy player, likes a tackle and can pass well. Other than that, watching the warm ups was interesting, especially Darlow and Sels passing 60-70 yarders to each other. Sels was pinging in right to Darlow’s feet every single time.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #48

    Jeez, that went on a bit, sorry ’bout that!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #49

    Just want to ramble on a bit about last nights game at Southend.

    I was in the opposite end to the Toon supporters behind the goal and had a great view of the game.
    I was sat beside my mate who is a big bloke and a SUFC supporter who was even bigger so felt like a filling in a sandwich. The stadium is old and in my mates words really grim with very little leg room between the seats, but wasn’t too bad overall.

    I thought it was a good hard fought game and SUFC were a typical lower league team with good organisation and plenty of fight,. so didn’t make it easy for us which will probably be similar to many of our games this season.

    They had one player called A Trialist who seemed to be on and off the pitch for most of the game and I recko they must have used every player on their books during the game.

    The MOM award went to one of their players who must have been selected by his dad.
    The real MOM was Jonjo who covered every blade of grass in the game and was in no way like some the descriptions I’ve seen of him in this blog, he was positive, hard working and his passing and ball control was first class, very few uber passes attempted. Had this been a home game he would have been applauded off the pitch, I predict that if he continues in the same vein he will be a Tyneside hero this season and be playing for England.

    Lascelles ran him close and as my mate observed SUFC won next to nowt in the air, the whole back line were good and solid its going to be hard for teams to score against us with high long hopeful balls, our big weakness in the past.

    Dummet was good and both of the goals were well taken, Goufron on this showing could be the surprise of the season.

    Gayle for me was very disappointing and didn’t really show.

    Hanley looked like another good big-un.

    The game could have ended 3-1 or 4-1 one as Darlow pulled off a great save in the dying minutes and their goalie had a great game.

    I can’t see why Rafa was disappointed as SUFC defended doggedly and weren’t easy to break down all in all I think it was a good result.

    Oh and by the way the Toon supporters were great and in fine voice and could someone tell me what they were singing?
    Anyway that’s me done for a few more moths.

    Back to work

  • Slank

    Jul 27, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #50

    Expatmag @ 41

    The 9 players you quote who are out of the door were not all regular starters. Marveaux, Obertan, Cabella and Thauvin hardly played at all, if at all. Townsend only played for half the season. Cisse was injured for a good stretch. Colo and Taylor were out injured for quite a few games which just as well as perhaps Lascelles would have never risen to the challenge. Only Wijnaldum was a regular.

    Of the others possibly to depart (Sissoko,Tiote, Krul,Vukic) only Sissoko was a regular. Tiote was out injured for a prolonged period as was Krul and I don’t think Vukic played at all.

    With the exception of Wijnaldum, Sissoko and possibly Townsend the club appears to be getting rid of players who didn’t feature much, if at all, and don’t have a future playing career at the club.

    But as you say we still need to buy some more players even though players like Sterry have risen to the first team and hopefully more to join him from the ranks.

    It will be interesting to see if all the new boys become regular starters.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #51

    Jib– Darlow or Matz Sels?

  • lesh

    Jul 27, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #52

    Toon rich


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