After months of rumour this summer, it was all action on Tuesday for both Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin.
Whilst Remy Cabella headed off to Marseille, Thauvin made the reverse journey and landed on Tyneside last night.
Agreement was already in place between the two clubs (£13m the generally reported price for Thauvin) on both players, with personal terms also agreed, apart from a few ‘loose ends’ to be sorted with Thauvin.
This left just the medicals to be completed with Florian Thauvin believed to be taking his in Newcastle today.
However, Marseille were desperate to rush things through so Remy Cabella can get started as soon as possible with his new teammates. The French club have lost their first two league games against lowly teams and also seen Ayew, Payet, Imbula and now Thauvin leave, with the club struggling financially with no Champions League football this season.
Cabella’s medical was set in motion last night but French newspaper La Provence report that this wasn’t concluded on Tuesday, with the player set to take ‘additional tests’ this morning.
There was no negative slant on the report, with it appearing to be rather running out of time last night, rather than any medical problems that needed a closer look.
La Provence also report that the Remy Cabella loan deal includes a ‘compulsory purchase option’, which would see the player join for 9m euros (approx £6.5m).
Rather than getting to the end of the season and Marseille having the choice of whether to go ahead with a permanent deal, instead it will be triggered by Cabella playing a certain number of matches.
The French media (M365) also report that on the Florian Thauvin transfer, neither club has used any agents to broker the deal.
Remy Cabella should also discover his new manager today, as former Real Madrid Captain Michel is expected to be announced as the replacement for Marcelo Bielsa, who walked out after the opening day defeat to Caen.