By Will Butcher
Newcastle’s French winger Florian Thauvin is set to rejoin Marseille on a season-long loan after a permanent move to Lazio collapsed, according to a report.
The Italian side were set to announce the signing of the former France under-21 international, but manager Marcelo Bielsa spectacularly resigned just two days into his job. Reports have suggested that a return to coach Argentina is on the cards for Bielsa.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport have claimed that Bielsa’s departure left Thauvin in limbo, allowing French giants Marseille to move into pole position.
However, Lazio could still reignite their interest should Italy international Antonio Candreva sign for Napoli.
Manager Rafa Benitez is keen to get rid of Frenchma Thauvin, who has four years remaining on his contract.
Newcastle paid around £13million for Thauvin last summer, but the 23-year-old has made it clear that he would like to move elsewhere despite his contract with the Magpies running until 2020.
The 23-year-old also spent the second half of last season on loan at the Stade Velodrome and didn’t do enough to convince Benitez to allow him to stay at St. James’ Park, scoring just two goals in 16 appearances.
This comes as a blow to Newcastle, after Lazio were interested in signing Thauvin for a fee while Marseille are only interested in a loan.
The nine-time Ligue 1 winners are in massive financial difficulty currently, and are only able to afford the former Bastia winger is Newcastle allow him to leave on-loan.
Thauvin has fallen down the pecking order even further on Tyneside, after the signings of Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have slapped a £35million price tag on their star man.