While there were many cynical Magpies supporters when reports emerged suggesting Newcastle had been offered the chance to sign Olympique de Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, United’s interest appears somewhat more genuine than the initial hesitancy deserved.
Sports Witness echoed a report by L’Equipe on Wednesday, which suggested the club are still in the frame for the Frenchman’s signature, despite a few surprising articles arising recently which indicated a deal with West Ham United was ‘imminent’ for around €35m to €40million (£31m to £35.5m).
Those claims were quickly shot down by the local press in Marseille, who felt the figures being touted around were excessively high for a player coming off the back of a sub-optimal campaign. But one thing has not been refuted, the player’s exit from the Orange Velodrome this summer.
In fact, L’Equipe understand there are several agents doing the rounds at the moment trying to drum up interest in the 24-year-old, who are all seeking ‘substantial offers’ for someone who earns a reported £39,426-a-week with Marseille.
The Ligue 1 outfit are actively looking to sell some of their high-earning and big-name players this summer, as they ideally need to raise funds before the end of the month, and are yet to receive any offers for former Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin.
Yet while our interest may continue to be linked with Sanson’s uncertain future, the cynical supporters still have reason to doubt the midfielder will be moving to Tyneside anytime soon, as Marseille were asking for €35million (£31m) when they offered the former Montpellier man to us.