It looks ever more likely that Florian Thauvin will still be in Rafa Benitez’ squad when the Championship kicks off in 17 days time.

Negotiations with Marseille are now reported to have come to an abrupt end, whilst any demand from other clubs looks to be simply a mixture of groundless media speculation and attempts by his representatives to stir up some interest.

Marseille were interested in another loan deal for their former player but now L’Equipe say that their information is that Newcastle have refused to budge from their position.

United have given Marseille only two options – to buy Florian Thauvin this summer, or take him on loan with a clause that would guarantee a permanent 15m euros (approx £12.5m) move at the end of it.

Despite selling the last of their remaining star players such as Batshuayi to Chelsea, Marseille’s financial position continues to be desperate and they are in no position to commit to the Newcastle winger’s transfer fee and four or five years of wages.

You can understand Newcastle’s position, as a loan only deal would give Rafa Benitez no extra cash to spend this summer. Whilst allowing him to go to a Marseille side who look all but certain of another season of struggle after losing all their best players, would surely reduce his transfer value even further in 12 months time.

Florian Thauvin scored in the 6-0 win over Bohemian FC on Saturday and he’s sure to be a player that Newcastle fans will take a keen interest in, if he stays at the club and gets his chance in the Championship.