A Florian Thauvin transfer to Lazio was only said to be waiting for the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as Manager of the Serie A club.
Bielsa was with Thauvin in his final year at Marseille and the pair had a great working relationship.
Negotiations to appoint the former Marseille Manager dragged on for some time before last week he was finally named as in charge at Lazio, only for two days later to walk out on his new employers.
Marcelo Bielsa and Lazio are now involved in a war of words about who is to blame for the breakdown but in the meantime the club has moved quickly to appoint Simone Inzaghi, who had been caretaker manager since the sacking of Stefano Pioli in April.
Despite the managerial chaos, Lazio Director of Sport Igli Tare has confirmed in a Press conference that the club are continuing to work on transfer targets previously identified.
The club from Rome are publicly courting both Enner Valencia and Rodrigo Caio but whilst confirming a third player is also being worked on, Igli Tare refused to name him, though he did confirm that he would be a replacement for Italian international winger/midfielder Antonio Candreva. Candreva is a 30m euros target for Chelsea, Inter and Napoli amongst others.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports in Italy, has named Florian Thauvin as the replacement lined up by Lazio, though that deal can’t allegedly happen until Candreva’s departure is confirmed.
Newcastle flew to Ireland on Saturday for a week-long training camp and Florian Thauvin was on the plane, though it would be a remarkable turnaround if the French winger ended up playing in the Championship with Newcastle this coming season.
Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United will surely look to sell the winger rather than allow another loan, with the NUFC boss continuing to target new signings to add to the likes of Ritchie, Gayle, Sels and Gamez.
Isaac Hayden expected to be the fifth senior signing to be confirmed today, whilst a third bid is expected for Blackburn skipper Grant Hanley after two bids of £3.5m and £4.5m were rejected.