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Agent Arrives On Tyneside To Close Deal For Newcastle Player

There’s news today from Italy that Florian Thauvin’s agent Fabrizio Ferrari has arrived in Newcastle in a bid to close a deal to have his client move to Italian club Lazio, hopefully by the end of this coming weekend.

Newcastle turned down an offer from Lazio only yesterday and it now would appear there is heightened activity to try to reach an agreement with Newcastle on the transfer of the 23 year-old French winger.

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Florian Thauvin in training

Marseille and Lazio seem the only two clubs interested in Florian and it seems both clubs are trying to close  a loan deal with an option to buy.

When Lazio’s interest first materialized at the beginning of July this is some of what Ferrari said at the time:

“I do have a rapport with Lazio director Igli Tare.”

“He did not enjoy Newcastle and would be better off in Italy , France or Spain.”

“He’s a valuable player and when a big club like Lazio arrives, it is only normal he is flattered by their interest.”

“But for now there are no negotiations.”

But Lazio have since entered into negotiations for Thauvin and financial terms with the player have already been agreed by the Italian club.

There are different accounts  of what the financials are of the proposed loan deal for Florian.

The Chronicle are reporting today that Lazio are offering  a one-year loan, with a loan fee of £1M going to Newcastle, and the transfer for £9M will be triggered if he plays a certain number of games.

The terms reported in Italy in the last couple of days were that the loan fee was 2M (£1.67M) and the transfer fee was 11M (£9.2M) – so they are fairly close.

This was the same kind of deal arranged last summer for Remy Cabella that had the Frenchman move permanently to Marseille this summer for around £7.5M with Newcastle also getting a loan fee – probably for £1M.

The Chronicle are also reporting that both Lazio and Marseille  are offering the above loan deal with an option to buy.

But Newcastle would still be losing anywhere from £2M to £3M on the above deal, which is why they are  probably keen to at least break even on Thauvin.

Reports in Italy suggest the deal could even be wrapped up by the end of the weekend.

As we mentioned this morning, Florian could prefer a move back to Marseille, his former club, but maybe the wages offered by Lazio are higher than those offered by the French club?

Since agents usually get paid a percentage of the deal,  it’s small wonder if Ferrari is recommending a move to Lazio – and Florian gets higher wages too.

Comments welcome.

172 comments so far

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 29, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #41


    Re Martinez.
    I think you are right. It’s been well documented that Martinez know how to get a team playing nice but he’s always been shocking defensively.

    Unfortunately Everton had a very unbalanced squad like ours and their defenders lost it a bit and their team fell apart on the back of it.

    I really don’t rTe stones though. If he were ours is be jumping up and down over £50m

    He’s talented but Clearly hasn’t learnt how to defend. I’m a defend first type guy. Only want skilful cbs if they can do the bread and butter stuff well.

    Stones is always taking on risks trying to show his dribbling

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #42

    Gayle better do the business I’ve got a hundred quid on top scorer.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #43

    That’s motivation!

  • beermonkey

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #44


    usual stuff work family

    what have i missed on here

  • beermonkey

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #45


    should have just given me 50 we both would have been better off

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #46

    Thauvin DIDN’T enjoy his time in Newcastle? Cheeky agent. He’s still our player mate. Try saying he ISN’T enjoying it, in the current tense. Or even better yet, engage your brain and keep your gob shut until your client is transferred elsewhere.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #47


    i was chatting to a palace fan the otherday he is convinced gayle is going to be fantastic in the championship
    i am not so sure, never seen anything that makes me think he is going to do any good, not that i have seen alot of him

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #48

    @Belfast – sorry to pull a JIB on you, but here’s a link to a good article explaining why OM are still screwed financially. Hope it answers your questions!


  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #49

    Rotunda, with all due respect, pardew was below average to poor. if he was useless we’d have been relegated and never got remotely near 5th. I’m glad to see the back of him and am always battering him when I hear his name ladued over here ( yes fans think he did a good job, which he didn’t ) , but you went on ad nauseum about Martinez and the guy has been badly exposed at Everton. He was not successful there. I just don’t think you can bring yourself to admit that ? Not having a go. Appreciate his sideways football but he cant defend and his players got utterly sick of him. and so did the fans.

  • Belfast

    Jul 29, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #50

    Cheers Paul. I never new things where that tight. What they’ve sold this summer should just about keep their heads above water by the sound of things.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #51

    Luigi Lamborghini is also in the Toon I gather…..

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #52

    As you lot well know I believe Rafa is wearing the Thong of Destiny for wor club now. He will lead us out of misery and into the promised land of silverware. Just stay oot of his way Crassley….

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #53

    A lot of that article about OM reminds me of a certain Tyneside club Paul mate. A nitwit owner. Squandered money on unproven youth…… Hmmm. Sound familiar to anybody else?

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #54

    You see? That’s what I like about beermonkey. A man of few words but he gets the job done. You ask him to pee in a few back pockets and it’s all tears and moistness before you know it!!

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #55

    Jail, what odds did u get for Gayle. I was thinking of having same bet?


    Jul 29, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #56

    so apparently thauvin is’nt going to marseille as they want to pay with two banana’s and a handful of cherries coz thats all they can afford,or he’snot going to lazio as there has been no negotiations between the clubs?…bit of a non story till there is concrete interest….we might of turned down a bid for him… but its just what been said on sites??….more crap.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #57

    10 to 1 Munster

  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #58

    Would love us to get Forestieri and Knockaert just to see the pure meltdown from Brighton and shef Wednesday fans Hahahaha, linked with them this morning and they’re already getting defensive about it on twitter

  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #59

    Get rid of Riviere, gouffran, de Jong and Thauvin. Replace with Knockaert, Pritchard and Forrestieri

  • ashleysmate

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #60

    True…very true

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #61

    We are the big fish in the small pond of the championship and its about time we acted like it ! The bigger teams from the premiership are poaching our players so we should be doing it to the likes of Brighton and Wednesday!

    We done it to Blackburn and Bournemouth with Hanley and Richie and its been good reading their fans getting annoyed about it so lets keep doing it !

  • clinath@ed

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #62

    BREAKING NEWS …… BREAKING NEWS …… News in that Manchester City have bid £50m plus Raheem Sterling for defender John Stones. It is thought that Everton are holding out for just the £50m.

  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #63


    That would give us 2 very strong XI’s that both capable of challenging for the league.



  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #64

    We could be playing over 50+ games this season so we’re gonna need a large squad with a lot of strength in depth

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #65

    How have we got onto Martinez? Has he got a new job? Poor manager, can’t set a team up well, can play all the pretty football, but if he can’t set them up then he isn’t a good manager. Maybe a decent coach, but far from a tactician and manager.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #66

    Extrem alpine football – St James’ Park slope has nowt on this…


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #67

    Gayle is a good striker at this level, but whether he is the type of striker we need leading the line against teams who will sit deep and try to shut up shop is debatable. I think Mitro will be more effective, particularly with Ritchie out wide. Could do with similar quality in delivery from the left.

    Robbie Brady and Robertson on the left flank sounds like a good pairing for that.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #68

    Not seen anything of Pritchard, but not convinced he will be a great signing, particularly at the prices quoted. Would have much preferred taking a chance on Kemar Roofe instead before Leeds got him. Still need more creativity to replace Gini, even if Pritchard joined.

    Coady was great as a youngster, but that was mainly because he was physically more developed which enabled him to control midfields. Not good enough now others have caught up in that department. If we could get a very talented youth then I’d be okay with Tiote going, but if not then I’d like to see him stay for a year.

    1 more defender, don’t mind if it is a left back or centre back, but I do think we need someone there.

  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #69


    Whoscored.com is a good website to find out more about players, it has their stats and calculates from their stats what their strengths/weaknesses/style of play is from stats etc. So recommend you look up players like Pritchard!

    Also I agree Gayle will be better against the teams who will try and attack us as he has the pace to beat the defensive line. However against teams who will park the bus, when we’ll need to carve them open and put balls into the box, Mitro will be the better option, as he can dominate aerially and win headers

  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #70

    Pritchard was great for brentford

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #71

    One of the problems we have, i think, is that we dont have a suitable 1 for the 4231. I love mitro but he lacks pace and i’m not convinced rafa rates him as top dog. We might be better in a 442 mitro and gayle/arma) especially at home but i think rafa is quite stuck on 4231 that he might stay with it.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #72

    Lil, no chance of us getting robbie or robertson surely

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #73

    So far in pre-season only 5 of our 14 goals have come from strikers. And 3 have come from Perez. Gayle and Mitro have 1 in each, in the first match. A bit of a worry there. To me it suggests the way to go is with Perez in behind Mitro or Gayle if we play 4-2-3-1.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #74

    If somebody’s banging them in he has to play. A big body like Mitro with Perez following up makes sense to me. Ritchie to get balls in, Mitro to knock them down and Perez to finish. Gayle seems a bit off the pace so far.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #75

    Jail – you never know about Gayle – he may be top goalscorer – so not a bad bet – 50/50 I’d say.

    Last week or the week before somebody posted another bet which I thought was ridiculous – cannot remember what it was now.

    You may get a return.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #76

    I think Martinez did become a bit overrated. But he did have a good run with Swansea. A 50% winning rate is very decent. It’s interesting to note that his overall win rate at Everton was 42.7% as well. Compare that with some of our magnificent former head coaches (Johnny C. with an amazing mark of 15%, and Steve McMuffin at 22.6). Now there’s some numbers to think about when complaining about managers.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #77

    Ian Toon – what a long winded post about Everton/Martinez.
    I can now see why you got another job to being a sports writer. Don’t give up your day job.

    You mentioned the other day you were at Uni – were you enrolled on a degree course or were you a staff member – groundsman/security guard/boilerman – et al.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #78

    We’ll have some real stats to analyze after the first 23 matches. That will give Rafa a real idea of where we need further strengthening. I like the idea of going back in for KnockClarts though…..

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #79

    Stevie McMuffin!
    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #80

    Interesting to look at Ayoze. So far 13 goals in 70 appearances for us. Compare that to the mighty Obertanned. Three in 76.


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