Florian Thauvin clearly looks to have no future at Newcastle United and now it is a case of making the best of a very bad job.
Compounding the Remy Cabella mistake, Graham Carr ‘captured’ Thauvin for 18.4m euros after chasing him for years.
Three Premier League starts later and for Florian Thauvin his Newcastle career is over and hopefully so is Graham Carr’s.
This week brought news of interest from Lazio in the French winger, very welcome considering a further loan to Marseille was looking the most likely option.
With Rafa Benitez needing as much to spend as possible, we desperately need to offload unwanted players such as Florian Thauvin.
Friday morning brings claims from Italy that Lazio have followed up their initial interest in the Newcastle winger and have asked about his availability (suitcase packed and plenty willing volunteers to drive him to the airport!), wage demands and the transfer price on his head.
Sky Italia report that their information is that Newcastle have told Lazio they are looking to recoup 13m euros – after Brexit vote the exchanges are very volatile so won’t try to convert into pounds – which would represent a loss of over 5m euros, plus of course the wasted cash on wages and his part in helping to bring about relegation.
That 13m euros figure is close to the amount (around 12m euros) Marseille paid for Florian Thauvin three years ago when they bought him from Lille and probably a more realistic valuation IF he can reproduce his original Marseille form before Newcastle bought him.