Regional French newspaper La Provence explain on Monday that Newcastle United aren’t rolling over as far as Florian Thauvin is concerned. The Championship club are determined not to simply provide a wrapped up deal for Marseille, and bend to the French club’s financial needs.

La Provence explains that Newcastle are not prepared to hand out ‘gifts’ and therefore they’ve got some conditions if Thauvin is to return to Marseille, which La Provence call the ‘club of his heart’.

Marseille are either expected to pay €10m for a straight transfer, or to take the player on loan with a transfer than fixed next summer as long as certain conditions are met.

Newcastle would like any loan to turn into a permanent transfer automatically, in much the same way way Remy Cabella went to Marseille on loan, and then permanently.

This one has already been dragging on all summer, with the press local to Marseille at first claiming a Thauvin deal was near impossible. After so many player exits at Marseille, and quite a bit of transfer money brought in, things have greatly changed.

Although Marseille are still having money issues, it was always thus.