One year before the end of his contract and after an almost white season, Florian Thauvin saw his rating collapse. Bad news for Marseille’s finances.
Asked by Pierre Ménès in April 2018 about a possible departure from Florian Thauvin, Jacques-Henri Eyraud had been adamant: even an offer of 80 million euros would not be enough to convince him to let go of the former Bastiais. “I do not care, had he assured. He is someone who symbolizes strength of character. This is an exceptional technical profile, and someone who knew how to question himself after his time in England. It symbolizes the warrior spirit. Florian is from Marseilles, and I hope to do so for a long time. “
Two years have passed and there is little doubt that the President ofOlympic Marseille would no longer say no to an 80 million euro check for the tri-color world champion. And not only because the Marseille club, more than ever in the sights of UEFA for non-compliance with financial fair play, must sell for at least 60 million euros by the end of the season …
Thauvin towards a free start?
The value of the native of Orleans has mostly collapsed in the past two years. And this despite his status as world champion. According to the latest Football Observatory calculations, Florian Thauvin would be worth only … € 7 million. Several factors explain this collapse: its contractual situation, the No. 14 having only one year of lease with OM, a post-World Cup season much less successful than the previous one and especially a last almost white season in due to a recalcitrant ankle injury.
Florian Thauvin is one of the players whom Jacques-Henri Eyraud ardently wishes to see leave. Not only to save the 7 million euros of his salary, but also because there is a great risk of seeing him go free next summer. The international tricolor has however recently indicated his intention to stay in Marseille. “I fought to come back and you think I’m going to leave like this?”, he said to comedian Malik Bentalha who asked him about his future in the Olympian city during a live Instagram. “I am fine as I am, he added. I’m staying in Marseille. I’m telling you: I’m staying! That way, the debate is closed. “