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If Newcastle Were Shrewd – Club Could Make Millions If Thauvin Is Sold

Florian Thauvin’s value in the transfer market has simply rocketed since he had a very unhappy spell at Newcastle which lasted only six months before he returned to Marseille on loan.

He was sold back to Marseille for around £9.5M in the summer of 2016 but his price in the transfer market could be as much as ten times that figure now.

Last season he played 54 games for Marseille and scored 26 goals and had 18 assists – an excellent performance from the Frenchman.

We are assuming Newcastle inserted a sell-on clause in his deal back to Marseille so that if he is sold at a profit Newcastle will get a percentage of that.

Florian Thauvin – while at Newcastle

If for example the sell on percentage is 15% and he is sold for £89.5M Newcastle would be due 15% of the profit – £80M – and that’s £12M.

The catastrophe would be if Newcastle did not insert a sell-on clause in his contract when he moved back to France in the summer of 2016.

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have been reported to be interested in buying the player this summer.

Marseille President Jacques-Henri Eyraud has told SFR Sport that he will not sell the 25-year-old other than for a huge fee:

“If there is an offer of €80M for Florian Thauvin, I won’t even look at it!”

“He’s aware that OM have given him a lot of support.” “This is not the end of the story.”

“There are still even more beautiful pages to write.” “We’re counting on him for next season to take us even further.”

“He has had an extraordinary season.”

“He’s a great player. He has grown, he has matured, and the coach has helped him a lot to achieve his goals, even to surpass them.”

“The numbers speak for him and it’s a great satisfaction to see him in Didier Deschamps’ squad.”

Thauvin will be playing in the World Cup for France and his value could rise even more if he has a good World Cup.

Rafa Benitez could have brought the best out of Thauvin had he stayed at Newcastle.

But we were relegated two years ago and there was just no way the Frenchman was staying at Newcastle.

That was a pity – but such is life.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 20, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Probably safe to assume we didn’t put a clause in as, is so often the case when we are desperate to sell terrible flops due to shocking transfer policy, we are never in a position to negotiate.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 20, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    I wonder why Dubravka hasn’t been announced yet? Leicester wasted no time in announcing a player from Portugal.

  • Ron Knee

    May 20, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    “Newcastle United Under-23s are through to the @hksoccer7s final! They’ve beaten @LCFC 4-3 in the semi-final, thanks to a golden goal from Callum Roberts. #NUFC”

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Waiting for Fatty to sign it off.

  • hibbit

    May 20, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    been no PL signings completed yet
    Leicester only announced an agreement to buy not a signing

  • Jib

    May 20, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Thauvin is a curious case
    We bought him from OM August 2015 for £12M
    He played sporadically until Xmas
    He went back on loan to OM Jan 2017
    returned to NUFC May 2017
    He played in preseason (as sub)
    in July 2017
    Vitesse Arnhem
    yet his official date of sale is given as June 2017 !!!
    So he had been sold but Rafa still wanted to look at
    which infers Rafa saw something but the kid had already made up
    his mind to go back to La Belle France.

  • jane

    May 20, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7


    Jul 2, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6
    i would of thought he has potential.”


  • giimps

    May 20, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    I thought the transfer window was open now so it can officially close before the season starts and still be the agreed length?
    I’m probably wrong like but hey ho, we won’t get players in till the beginning of August anyway to save their wAges, we’ll do the opposite of most clubs and buy players who have had a poor World Cup so their price is low……or am I being cynical?

  • Rotonda heights

    May 20, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    on previous experience maybe it was asking a lot of charnley to have the foresight to insert a clause.

  • jane

    May 20, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    “My best guess is that Rafa won’t sign a new contract but will get OK funds. Nothing wonderful to spend. We will get above mid table, just missed out on Europe and then the renegotiations start. At that point we will have more sky bucks and he will get a very decent budget and sign up. I think we need to be cognisant of the cost of relegation and most of us only realise now just how it badly it damaged us.”

    good post this scenario crossed my mind too but many bloggers will be up in arms if he doesn’t sign this summer!

  • kimbo

    May 20, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Thauvin was non existent in the Europa Cup final , £64 m+ ,who ever pays that means football is finished for Newcastle as we will only ever be able to afford non league players.
    Kenedy for £20m or Thauvin for £86m ??????

  • Lindisfarne

    May 20, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    “Liverpool have cancelled a planned pre-season friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach over the German club’s pursuit of English striker Rhian Brewster, 18.”

    Opportunity there for NUFC to get a decent friendly and make new friends in Germany. Gladbach are a similar club to us in the Bundesleague.

  • jane

    May 20, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #13

    It was RobLeenio that suggested the Rafa leaving scenario, therefore he would be giving a farewell speech.”

    i knew that but if the cap fits

  • DubaiMicky

    May 20, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #14

    @RonKnee, I was just about to post that,
    17:24 Main Cup Final Newcastle United – Glasgow Rangers

    So 17.24 or in 30 minutes time they kick off.

    What a result that would be!

  • lesh

    May 20, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #15


    You wonder why Dubravka hasn’t been announced? Because he’s probably not ben signed yet. Why? Because Ashley’s playing his stupid games again this time with Rafa.

    Rafa’s put Ashley on the spot, effectively telling Ashley to back him or sack him and Ashley doesn’t do giving in to pressure. He’ll also be thinking that by frustrating Rafa’s plans, he’ll force Rafa to walk.

    But the clown’d rather lose a top top manager, appoint another yes man, lose our top players then be faced with yet another relegation fight than take a golden opportunity to build on the success of last season.

    The man’s a nightmare and he doesn’t deserve what he’s got.

    There you go Jiblets, you, Jane, Nicky and the other Ashley apologists have something to kick-start your day.

  • giimps

    May 20, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #16

    As long as he stays ( which I think he will) if he’s given the keys to the castle and is allowed to buy the players we need, I think he’ll be happy, next year though, when he’s out of contract is when the real fun will start, with the upgrade to the training facilities and more players being needed, he may dig his heels in and say that unless these terms are met he will be offski, probably to Chelski after they sack their latest manager or Wet spam after Pellegrino only gets them to 14th playing the same football as Sam.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 20, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #17

    It would appear to be streamed on you tube too


  • DubaiMicky

    May 20, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18
  • lesh

    May 20, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #19

    If Newcastle were shrewd? Don’t be daft – Ashley can’t see beyond the short term and his greed is destroying the club, it’s like a slow and painful strangulation.

  • kimbo

    May 20, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #20

    I will also through something into the pot…how much has Rafa got in bonuses last year and this year.
    Rafa is happy at the Toon and will see out his contract, will he sign a new one is the big decision , come on Ashley give him £80m to spend his way and then show another big loss in the accounts and then manipulate into another £300m loan from you.

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 20, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21


    Maybe the holdup is on Dubravka’s side,he may want to see if Rafa’s staying before he signs?, after all Dubravka has done his CV a world of good joining us on loan. He may decide to put himself in the shop window.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 20, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #22

    If we actually set achievable targets for next year in order to formulate a applicable budget, then any agreement will be a lot more practical. Rather than irrationally claiming we have got £100m which will hardly guarantee a CL place.

    I think not falling back is a good start, 10th or higher but with a good run in a Cup would be good. How much would that cost?


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