According to RMC Sport in France, via Sky Sports, Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin has claimed that he will make his loan move to Marseille permanent this summer.
It is news that won’t come as much of a shock to Magpies supporters, with the Frenchman struggling to make an impact at St James’ Park after joining them for around £15m on a five-year deal from Marseille in 2015.
The 24-year-old made just 16 appearances in all competitions the following season – scoring one goal – before he made the move back to France during the 2016 January transfer window.
Now, Rafa Benitez’s men look set to recoup £9.5m for the forward, who was given his first call-up to the France senior squad this week following some impressive performances this term, and Toon supporters were quick to have their say on the exit of the flop.
While the majority of fans on Twitter were pleased with the outcome, others wondered what might have been…
— DM33 (@ClassyMurphy33) March 21, 2017
Canny to get a decent amount of cash on Thauvin, he only ever wanted a move back to Spain. #NUFC
— Scott McWilliams (@NormingAbout) March 21, 2017
If #NUFC got £9.5M for Thauvin, their loss has been minimal I think. Honestly, I would expect less. It's more than fair in the end.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) March 21, 2017
If Thauvin has gone back to France for £9.5mil does that mean we've actually made £40mil profit after relegation & a squad revamp? ???????????? #NUFC
— Nathan Nicholson (@JnathanN) March 21, 2017
I'm surprised we can pull £9.5m from Marseille for Thauvin. Sure, it's a £5m loss, but still reasonable considering he flopped hard. #nufc
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) March 21, 2017
So Thauvin wants to stay at Marseille and not come back to us, absolutely fine by me!! #NUFC
— The Toon Review (@thetoonreview) March 21, 2017
But not all Newcastle fans were so pleased about Thauvin’s exit…
Thauvin definitely has something. Poorly coached and not given sufficient time to settle at #nufc. I wish him luck
— Lee (@lee_wilson1) March 21, 2017