In January Arsenal and Newcastle were considered the two teams in pole position to sign talented attacking midfielder Florian Thauvin from Corsican club SC Bastia.
In the end he decided to turn his nose up at the offer of a Premier League move to instead sign a deal with Lille for a fee believed to be in the region of €3.5 million.
He said at the time when explaining the decision to stay in Ligue 1 that he wanted to move to Lille as at 20-years-old he felt that being offered the chance to go back out on loan to Bastia was the perfect deal.
Indeed that is what happened with Thauvin; and since returning he went on an excellent spree for the club banging in the goals.
His seven goals in 12 games would probably have Arsenal and Newcastle wondering why they didn’t go further in their pursuit of the player in January.
But it has not stopped other teams attempting to snap him up this summer.
According to reports in France Olympique Marseille are ready to try and prise him away from Lille after viewing at first-hand what he can do - Thauvin bagged a goal against l’OM in May - they are apparently preparing a bid for the talent.
But Lille have made it quite clear; Thauvin is most certainly in the long term plans of the club.
"I'm not worried about the future of Thauvin. Thauvin is not transferable and will be part of the Lille next year. Without a doubt. The team will be surrounded by talent. I'm not worried about the future. Whatever the offer to Thauvin ,I refuse. At €55 million, I think about it.’’
So if these two Premier League teams wanted to move for him again they would have to spend an extortionate amount.
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