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Confirmed: Marseille announce signing of Florian Thauvin

3 years ago
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Earlier today, France Football broke the story that Marseille had finally reached agreement with Newcastle for Florian Thauvin to join the Ligue 1 club once again.

Now Marseille have confirmed that the deal has been agreed.

At a press conference on Thursday morning, Marseille Manager Franck Passi announced that a move had been completed.

The Ligue 1 boss saying that Marseille’s Director of Football Gunter Jacob had completed the deal with Newcastle this morning.

France Football said that the Marseille move was an initial loan deal but with a permanent deal trigger, with Florian Thauvin eventually set to move for just over £9m as an 11m euros figure is included in the arrangement. No confirmation by either club as to that permanent deal figure.

A disastrous £14m signing, Florian Thauvin had been pursued for years by Graham Carr and Newcastle fans had high hopes when the player was eventually landed last August.

However, after only three Premier League starts, Thauvin was frozen out of the first team picture by Steve McClaren and returned on loan to Marseille for the rest of last season.

His form improved as the season progressed and he helped Marseille avoid relegation and scored in the Cup final, though PSG prevailed in the end.

Florian Thauvin started none of Newcastle’s five friendlies and clearly Rafa Benitez had no place for him in his plans, in recent days an offer for Anthony Knockaert was turned down by Brighton as a potential replacement for the outgoing winger.

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