Florian Thauvin has finished the season as one of Marseille’s better players but even despite scoring in Saturday night’s French Cup final, there is no chance of him extending his stay.
L’Equipe have reported that the Ligue 1 club can’t even afford to take the winger off Newcastle’s hands on loan next season, such is the financial plight of the club.
No Champions League football forced Marseille to offload a number of star players including Payet and Thauvin last summer, a desperate financial position even meant that top players Ayew and Gignac left for nothing at the end of their contracts as the French club couldn’t offer them market rate wages.
Almost relegated this season, Marseille are in even worse financial trouble than 12 months ago and never mind not being able to afford Florian Thauvin, they will have to sell the last real remaining star player, striker Michy Batshuayi, with a number of Premier League clubs interested (a group which once included Newcastle…).
Florian Thauvin has become a regular starter in the last couple of months and despite only 13 starts in his loan spell has scored four goals. The latest making it 1-1 in the French Cup final but Marseille finally losing 4-2 to PSG.
An extra reason for Thauvin being returned to Newcastle is the fact that Marseille are now stuck with having to pay over £6m for Remy Cabella and wages that will make him their best paid player.
The non-negotiable clause was triggered in his loan deal when he passed a certain number of appearances earlier this season, meaning they have to buy the Newcastle midfielder despite him only starting one Ligue 1 game in the last five weeks.
Remy Cabella has only started once in Marseille’s surprise Cup run and once again was left on the bench for last night’s final, only coming on for the last half hour when he replaced on-loan mackem striker Steven Fletcher.
The chances of Newcastle actually selling Florian Thauvin, particularly to any French club, must be minute. Considering both the overall level of his form this season and the Premier League level wages he is now on – never mind how much Mike Ashley would be looking to recoup.