Florian Thauvin will arrive in Newcastle today for talks according to the French media this morning.
La Provence state that the 22 year old winger is expected to agree terms today and complete a medical on Wednesday.
They also report that their information is that Remy Cabella will be making a trip in the opposite direction, travelling to Marseille’s training ground for discussions on a loan deal with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Fees of 17m euros (plus 3m euros extra depending on hitting targets) for Florian Thauvin and 9m euros (at the end of the season’s loan) for Remy Cabella are said to have been agreed between the clubs.
In their coverage of the impending double transfer, L’equipe claim Newcastle have been trying to get rid of Remy Cabella throughout this summer transfer window.
After losing out of contract Andre Ayew to Swansea for nothing, as well as having to sell stars such as Imbula and Payet for a combined £25m+, Marseille were only able to bring in relatively budget signings as they have no Champions League cash coming in this season.
Worse was to follow as Marseille lost their opening league match to lowly Caen at home and manager Marcelo Bielsa instantly resigned.
This was followed by a second defeat at Reims, leaving Marseille as one of only three clubs with no points.
Yet to appoint a replacement, the French media report that one big question Remy Cabella wants answered before he commits, is who will be be the new manager he will be playing under.
Newcastle have been credited with interest for some years and it looks as though finally Florian Thauvin could be making the move to Tyneside, encouraged by a reported six year contract according to La Provence, which would see the French winger earn over £40,000 a week. An even more attractive deal when taking into account the higher taxes for big earners in France.
United are clearly in need of extra creativity and goals, with Thauvin certainly a talented player but also widely seen as a difficult player to manage….