The closing hours of the transfer window were maybe a little low key for many Newcastle fans with no last minute transfers coming in, however over in France it was reported that Marseille had activated Remy Cabella’s buy-out option.
When the winger/playmaker signed on loan for the Ligue 1 club, it was with a clause/option to buy for 8m euros (approximately £6m).
Whilst the clubs didn’t confirm what the details of the clause/option were, it was widely reported that once Remy Cabella played 12 times for Marseille, the French club would be contractually obliged to buy him.
This followed similar deals involving Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who went on loan in summer 2014 to AS Roma and was confirmed as a permanent signing in January 2015.
Then likewise with Davide Santon who joined Inter Milan on loan in January 2015 and was confirmed as a permanent signing in July 2015.
Monday night over in France saw RMC report that Marseille had now activated the buy-out clause/option for 8m euros and that he will be joining on a permanent basis.
With 27 appearances for the French club so far, Remy Cabella has obviously made more than the required number of appearances and no doubt today we will find out whether he officially is now a Marseille player, or whether the terms of the contract dictate the money will be paid at the end of this season.
Either way, we are left wondering whether Remy Cabella could have shown more this season for Newcastle with the benefit of that first season of Premier League football behind him.
It is certainly difficult to imagine it would have been a worse option to stick with him at Newcastle and see if he could also benefit from the three new signings, rather than that late August deal that saw Florian Thauvin land on Newcastle’s doorstep, with Remy Cabella heading in the other direction.
With the intriguing/bizarre signing of Steven Fletcher from the mackems on loan as well to Marseille yesterday, it will be interesting to see what impact that trio of players has on the rest of the Ligue 1 club’s season.