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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

  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #81

    Can see martinez ending up at somewhere like hull

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #82

    Could well happen JamesToon mate. They’re having terrible financial difficulty so it will be a real struggle. Like going to Wigan.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #83

    munster

    you, me and everybody goes on ad nauseum on certain things. Don’t pretend otherwise. bit pot – kettle – black, as you’ve bored me to a standstill on why rafa hasn’t done this, that or the other. it’s human nature and we all get on our soapbox and have opinions.

    yet people defend pardew’s 5th place with dire football, but completely ignore martinez’s 5th place season with great football.

    One season baines and coleman were great, last season not so much, plus stones had his head turned by chelsea. as I say, no matter what, i don’t get the hate.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #84

    Who was it did the dirty on us and signed Obertongs? It was Alan Mildew wasn’t it? Harrumph! Of course it was.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #85

    And who has a name like Gabby Obertongs anyway? Pahhh!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #86

    Rotunda i bored u? And u were the one who posted pardew thrash every day for 3 years. Get real man. The difference between ur opinion and min is that u lauded martinez ti the hilt ad nauseum. I never rated pardew in such a way. I merely said he was below mid table, maybe worse and although he bought into the regime, he was not allowed to buy players to suit his style. U were the one who had martinez down as the next big thing. But he isnt. He has been exposed and if you heard the level of abuse he had from local journalists and fans you would see my point of view more. The man cant defend and is a spoofer.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #87

    With the drop in standard we have greater flexibility. You can play Anita at right back and Janmaat ahead of him as second or third options. Gamez can start on either side at this level. We can play Perez, Shelvey, De Jong in the hole, all three surely very good at this level. The one position we don’t appear to have cover for is Mitro. But finding a decent back up target man might be tough and expensive, and of little use to us should we go back. Crouch would be great on a one season deal, but not two, for example.

    If we lose Thauvin, similarly we need to find a winger that can step up. I’d prefer to keep him, and then look to move him on if we need to this time next year when hopefully we can attract better calibre players than we might now, and just maybe he’ll realise his potential for us and we won’t have to.

    I wouldn’t mind Benitez getting a bit tough with this player, for his own good. He needs to learn you have to work at things in life, once you’ve made a commitment. He has given up too easily, for a player with talent, and it will stunt his career if he doesn’t grow out of it. Faded Monaco
    playboy won’t seem so appealing at 35, looking back on what might have been.

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  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #88

    Here’s a sign that the Chinese Super League is tossing money around like it’s silly season – Christian Vieri is coming out of retirement aged 43 to play in China. He must have been offered stupid money by some desperate team over there. Who’s next? Geoff Hurst?

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  • lesh

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #89

    NUFCPaul

    Interesting summary of Marseilles’ situation. It has all the makings of a basket case unless it’s removed from the paws of its current owner.

    In NUFC’s shoes, I wouldn’t even bother talking to OM about Thauvin unless there’s cash up front for his transfer fee. If not, someone (his agent) really has a duty to talk to Thauvin about his future – and knock on more club doors to find a buyer.

    There was a comment in that summary – ‘….The ‘low-cost’ aura that is enveloping the club has seriously frustrated fans who demand greater respect from the management with regards to the club’s honour.’ Mmm, doesn’t that sound familiar?

    OM fans have every reason to be concerned.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #90

    Rotunda you seem to be making plenty of excuses for martinez including i remember you saying why they were underperforming in their euro season that lukaku was missing for 6 months he missed 3 games
    you also loved repeating that pardew had fans chanting him out at other clubs so Wat do you make of the majority of Everton fans doing the same were they wrong too?
    Plus you seem to forget that Everton under moyes were actually giving the top 4 a run for there money for a number of seasons before martinez
    he’s shite and has been found out

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #91

    Lil I started it lol as I seen he was the favourite for the Hull job so said that’s a guarantee for them getting relegated so thought we should raid them for Robertson, Maguire and snodgrass

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 29, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #92

    Martinez did well enough at Everton, up till last season, and well in his career overall. His time ran out at a club that had the players to have done far better, and so he had to go, but it’s a bit unfair to judge a manager when at a low ebb. He’d be a good appointment for Hull, who’ll be odds on for the drop regardless who their manager is.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #93

    jimmy he did well at swansea he won a cup with wigan but they were perennial relegation fodder under him bruce had them at 8th 1 season didn’t he? and always had them mid table
    at everton he had money and a great squad and failed because of his management its amazing to be honest how people readily find excuses for him such as players out of form or this or that but solely blame the managers here under ashleys basket case running of the club

    as i said earlier martinez couldn’t get his teams to defend so ultimately his teams will always fail how is that good management? especially with evertons squad

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #94

    Rivierre might capably understudy Mitro in this league. He was quite good in all respects other than goalscoring when playing for us in the epl. Doubtless confidence played a role in the complete lack of goals. Benitez will know enough of him by now, despite the injuries, to judge whether he can contribute, and I suspect he will be given a role to play.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #95

    Everton fans hated him so the owners got shot of him, our disliked manager got an eight year deal for the exact same reasons that Martinez got sacked for.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #96

    Jimmy,
    There’s no harm in being proved wrong and I’d like nothing more than Riverie to find his level in the Championship and start banging them in. I just can’t see it, he’s shite.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #97

    Maybe he needs a season out for reflection. Reassess his approach to setting up defensively. He’s still young yet highly experienced, and of course very well educated, and seems a person of quality and intelligence. It’s hard to imagine there won’t be better days ahead for him, and for the clubs he’ll manage.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #98

    jail thats not right is it? infact its bollicks! pardew got an 8 year contract after finishing 5th martinez got a 5 year contract after the same achievement

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #99

    Martinez failed last season no doubting that but most managers will eventually have a bad season, look at Mourinho for example. He did very good job at Swansea and Wigan, to keep that shoddy Wigan side up was an achievement year in year out.

    He needs to sort himself defensively though as this his weakness but he’s a better manager than anyone we’ve had over the last decade!!

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #100

    agree with you on rivi tho infact with him de jong the 1st and cabella i have never seen such soft shooters of the ball in my life! do they use different balls in europe or summit?

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #101

    Yeah, he’s not at all likely to start banging them in, but as back up target man, for one season, in every other respect he ticks the boxes. Benitez will have surely been looking at him for the role, considering our current position.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #102

    jimmy
    i said something similar the other day about rivvy,people on here were convinced he would be gone soon as, but i said.. thats because he’s the only player in our squad who close to mitro stature and game play, so there was every chance that he may stay as cover for mitro…unless there is another striker of similar type signed,he could stay.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #103

    ourtoon the fact he hasn’t sorted it out shows he isn’t a good manager doesn’t it?
    it’s always been said about him, eveton were in the top 8 for most of moyes time including 4th and a few very close 5th runs he took them backwards massively spending good money aswell

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #104

    i think koeman will bring them back up there tho i believe he is a very good manager and everton have a very decent squad and more investment now too
    the amount of money in the prem now is huge if we get up this season we will have some catching up to do thats for sure only a week left now tho to see where we are!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #105

    My apologies would have chimed in earlier but I read Ian Toons latest offering from the pulpit and was sick in my mouth a little bit. I think I’m ok now tho…ugghh….bleurghhhhhh!!!

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  • nufc 11

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #106

    If knockheart stays at Brighton and thauvin stays at nufc this season who will do better? My money would be on thauvin. 10 million on knockheart give me a break.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #107

    Manx

    He didn’t take them backwards, even Moyes had the odd season when he really struggled.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #108

    manxpie,
    Not bollix at at all, Martinez got sacked because he was delivering shite football and tenth was considered a poor finish. Pardew was given an eight year deal because the owner didn’t care about the football, the fans and tenth was a bloody good bonus. Don’t be so rude, especially when you’re wrong!

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #109

    Wolves have just sacked Kenny jackett and lining up 20m bid for benfica lad….wtf is going on

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #110

    Manx,
    Your post saying mine was bollix had sfa to do with what I said.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #111

    ourtoon he spent 100 mill and had them finish 5th 11th 11th
    i’d say thats going backwards mate especially with money spent i doubt moyes spent that in his 10 or watever years he was there

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #112

    Manx

    Like I say all managers eventually go backwards, he lost the dressing room which is why they went backwards. The players stopped playing for him. I’m not saying he’s a class manager but he’s better than the bloke you used to laud here…..a certain pardew, if anyone went backwards it was them in the 2nd half of the season…..wowza

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  • manxpie

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #113

    please explain jail or did all fans hate pardew after we finished 5th?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #114

    Moyes managed a top half premier league team well for years. One short stint of being stitched up at manure with the largest poisoned chalice in football and he is adjudged by popular lore as a failure. Martinez likewise navigated a path through the championship to premier league with a respectable record on tight budgets, but a lacklustre period with a trudging and underperforming Everton side means he is also a failure. How cruel this game is at the hands of the mighty collective sage that is fan bloggery. The same fan bloggery that probably rated the likes of McLaren, ex -England supremo, no doubt. 😀

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #115

    Manxpie I think the general tenor at the time of the 5th place finish was a disbelieving euphoria at the unlikely position we had landed in, and the heady optimism we might actually have finished in CL places. We mostly thought we had ridden the luck wave very capably, well above the capability of the incumbent. As it turns out we were right to be astounded. Reality soon returned as certainly as the rent man.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #116

    No they didn’t Manx, myself included, but Pardew wasn’t given an eight year deal to finish fifth every year, it was to try and finish tenth regardless of the footballing being played and the slimy cnut gladly took it. The football was dreadful that season we finished fifth and Ashley knew it. Martinez was sacked for the same reasons Pardew was given an eight year deal. For not delivering good football and only finishing eleventh, what part of that is bollix?

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  • manxpie

    Jul 30, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #117

    ourtoon i never lauded him please show me a post where i ever did
    but its amazing how martinez gets praise for him taking a top eight never relegated team to 5th after getting 40-50 mil to spend and then spent alot more and took them backwards
    and the managers here under ashley especially pardew got fusk all really and he got the same achievement in the 2nd season back up and then got 6 mill that was spent on a player we didn’t need
    i just don’t see the logic in it, thats why, or is it just that he got a team to pass it sideways a bit more and keep possession without doing anything with it

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #118

    manxpie,
    Pardew knew exactly who he was in bed with and took the money before he forked off as soon as he could. Who is lauding Martinez anyway, only a few in here really rating him and just as many not.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 30, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #119

    Manx, he didn’t have any of the things he had here as an excuse at Palace. 2 league wins in 2016 and came very close to being relegated again. That concludes that one.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 30, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #120

    Manx

    You defend the bloke to the hilt. He took us from 5th to 15th or 16th….that’s going backwards. Martinez has his shortcomings, the new owner didn’t trust him which is fair enough, kenwright would probably have kept him but they got a better manager in Koeman.

    On subject of managers Diego simone was a failure at his first 6 attempts as manager before he landed athletico madrid job, now he’s classed as one of the best out there.

    Pochettino was a failure in Spain but successful here.

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