This summer transfer window has seen United once again linked repeatedly with Florian Thauvin and last night RMC in France, reported that the winger is set to join Newcastle, with Remy Cabella to go the other way on an initial loan with a permanent transfer price agreed if he plays a certain number of matches.
This has been followed by further reports from RMC on Monday, who say their information is that Newcastle have offered 17m euros (approx £12m), plus a further 3m euros (£2m) depending on certain targets.
The French broadcaster also say they understand that Newcastle have agreed with Marseille the details of a season’s loan for Remy Cabella, with an 8m euros (£5.5m) permanent buyout option at the end of it.
Neither player has committed yet but RMC say that Newcastle’s offer of 3m euros per season on a five year contract may sway Thauvin into accepting United’s offer.
The tax situation in France sees big earners hit hard and so the player’s net income would be even higher if he takes up the chance to move to Tyneside.
Marseille have made a disastrous start to the season and are currently one of only three clubs with no points.
On the opening day they lost 1-0 at home to Caen and on Sunday lost by the same scoreline at Reims, both of those clubs finishing in the bottom half of Ligue 1 last season.
Marseille only qualified for the Europa League after a fourth place finish last season and are desperate to bounce back, having played Champions League in five of the previous seven seasons.
However, the lack of CL cash has meant they’ve had to cash in on star players Imbula and Payet to balance the books and are desperate to bring in new players themselves, especially after yesterday’s result.
Remy Cabella on loan would help to placate the fans and banking the Thauvin money would allow them to invest further on areas weakened by the sale of Payet and Imbula, plus Andre Ayew’s departure to Swansea.