Tuesday morning has brought yet more claims in the English, French and Italian media of clubs interested in buying Florian Thauvin this summer.
I know it is the onset of the silly season for transfer claims but there is silly and there is…silly.
The two clubs with the most mentions of supposed interest are Inter Milan and Tottenham.
This is Inter Milan who are fourth in Serie A and Tottenham second in the Premier League.
Obviously the Spurs link for Florian Thauvin is just ridiculous, Pochettino made clear with his dismissal of Andros Townsend that wingers aren’t what he sees as fitting into his style of play. So the idea of selling on Townsend with his undoubted ability, then buying somebody who has shown a limited amount of talent in the French League previously, is such a non-starter.
Even in Italy where standards have slipped some way, fourth placed Inter Milan are hardly going to spend serious money on somebody like Florian Thauvin, only last summer they invested over £35m in buying Kondogbia and Perisic.
Against some admittedly tough competition, Thauvin is looking by far the most expensive blunder (of many) in Mike Ashley’s/Graham Carr’s transfer ‘strategy’.
Obertan and Marveaux have just been kicked out two months early after picking up five years of Premier League wages for next to nothing at Newcastle, with Florian Thauvin on far higher wages just how can anybody think any club will be making a serious bid for him.
The Newcastle winger only started three Premier League games earlier this season, then even back in the more familiar and lower standard Ligue 1 he has only managed to get eight league starts in a very poor relegation threatened Marseille side. Bearing in mind that on loan Sunderland striker Steve Fletcher has managed 11 Ligue 1 starts in the same period, it just shows how hard a sell it would be to trade on Florian Thauvin.
Thauvin is priced out of any French club taking him back with his wages, never mind transfer fee, so taking into account all these factors there would be only one way to get the French winger out of Newcastle next season.
When fans look at probably relegation, they start adding up all the players they would like to get rid of, put prices on them, then start talking about how the club could use that money to buy players good enough to get us back up.
The problem is that nobody is going to buy Thauvin, Coloccini, Riviere, Saivet, Ameobi, Gouffran and a number of others, their wages are prohibitive for the standard of football and club they are capable of performing at.
The best that can be hoped for with Florian Thauvin is that somebody in maybe Italy or France is willing to pay some of his wages and take him on loan next season, in the hope of a miraculous upturn in his play and future sale.
There are going to be some grim times ahead as we are stuck with players we can’t get rid of and the decent ones are targeted by the circling sharks.