There’s an interesting situation brewing around Florian Thauvin in Marseille, as the winger’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and renewal talks have yet to really take off.
This has led a number of clubs to take a look at a potential free transfer, including Milan and Leicester City.
The latter of the two have been reported as interested for some time now, and it appears to be coming directly from Brendan Rodgers.
That’s what Calciomercato are currently reporting, explaining Milan have made Thauvin ‘the main objective to strengthen the right wing’, but a transfer in January seems out of the question, with Marseille ‘asking for a figure close to €20m to let him leave early’.
While an obstacle for the Italians, it may not be for Leicester, and yet it seems hard to imagine the Foxes shelling out that much money for a player they could live without until next season to then get him on a free.
Contact has been made between Milan and Thauvin’s people, but his first request, one of €5m/year and a three season deal, has been a cause for reflection at San Siro.
It’s a lot of money, which ‘could alter the balance of the dressing room’.
Calciomercato state ‘the game is open’, with the hope that ‘Leicester don’t sink the blow and bring Thauvin home to the happiness of Rodgers, who has expressly requested him’.
These days, what the Leicester manager wants, the Leicester manager tends to get, so it will be interesting to see what comes of this, taking into account the fact the French forward’s last experience in England didn’t exactly go to plan.
A lot has changed since then, including the player’s ability and maturity, but it’s certainly something he’ll be thinking about if he ends up having to consider an offer from the Premier League side.