It seems an awful lot longer than 10 months ago when Newcastle fans were so excited at eventually landing Florian Thauvin.
After a number of unsuccessful bids and a very public Graham Carr chase for the player that had lasted several years, surely this one must be a class act unlike the dross (Riviere, Gouffran, Marveaux, Cabella, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Amalfitano) that Carr had foisted on United from Ligue 1.
Only five months and three Premier League starts later, Florian Thauvin was heading out on loan and Newcastle supporters left wondering why United had twice turned down the chance to sign Dimitri Payet, instead shelling out some £25m in the hope that the younger Cabella and Thauvin would be worth more money in the future.
Thauvin was poor for Marseille when returning on loan but recovered well at the end of the season and scored four goals in 13 starts (plus five as a sub), including one against PSG when losing in the French Cup final.
News this morning though that Florian Thauvin is set to head back to Marseille once again.
La Provence report that their information is that Marseille are in advanced talks with Newcastle and are confident that their former winger will return for another season on loan.
Whilst Remy Cabella went to Marseille on a loan deal with permanent deal trigger after so many games, Thauvin’s didn’t.
However, this time it looks guaranteed that Newcastle will only allow the player to head out on loan again with a guarantee that if the loan works out, Marseille will have to repay United a significant amount of money wasted when Florian Thauvin signed for Newcastle on 18 August 2016.