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25th Jul, 2016 | 5:21pm

Ligue 1 giants maintain interest in Newcastle attacker – report

By Harvey Byrne

Marseille are still interested in Florian Thauvin, who has been given a second chance at Newcastle by Rafa Benitez, according to a report.

The Chronicle claim that the Magpies will only let him go in either a £12million sale to recoup all of the money spent on the attacker last summer, or a loan deal with a permanent deal built into it.

Marseille have been back in contact with Newcastle over a new loan in the last couple of weeks.

Club president Vincenct Labrune has been replaced by Giovanni Ciccolunghi and it is believed that some of the financial constraints at the Velodrome have been lifted.

However, Benitez is also understood to be happy with the way Thauvin has worked in pre-season and he has not pushed for a move himself.

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The 23-year-old featured on Saturday against Lokeren, coming off of the bench to replace Rolando Aarons, and he has played in all of the three friendlies so far.

The Spanish manager has brought in attackers Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie this summer, but the former Real Madrid boss could find a place for Thauvin in his squad if a deal for the Frenchman doesn’t materialise.

In other Newcastle transfer news, Italian heavyweights AC Milan are set to announce the signing of ex-Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.