Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has stated that the Tyneside club will need to match what Marseille paid for Florian Thauvin.
Newcastle’s search for midfield creativity has led them to Montpellier, with the Tyneside club said to be major suitors of Remy Cabella.
Alan Pardew’s men have been linked with a summer move for the 24-year-old, with plenty of media outlets claiming that the St James’ Park outfit have had an offer turned down for the talented attacking midfielder.
With Montpellier chiefs recently stating that Cabella would not leave the Stade de la Mosson for less than €15 million, president Louis Nicollin has restated his valuation of his star man.
Nicollin has compared Cabella to Florian Thauvin, who Marseille signed for €15m last summer.
“OM bought Thauvin for €15m and he isn’t as good as Cabella,” Midi Libre quoted Nicollin as saying.
Thauvin, who has been consistently linked with a move to Arsenal and Tottenham, has seemingly set a price benchmark that Newcastle will now have to meet.
Although Pardew’s men are keen to sign Cabella, it appears that there is some considerable difference in the valuation of the player between the two teams.