Arsenal to bid 5m euros for Bastia’s Florian Thauvin

L’Equipe today report in their newspaper edition that Arsenal are set to blow┬áNewcastle┬áUnited out of the water by doubling their bid for young midfielder Florien Thauvin. Yes, Arsenal, normally accused of being cautious in the transfer window are┬áprepared┬áto not just beat Newcastle’s offer but, wait for it, double it! That all sounds very impressive until L’Equipe reveal that the new price will be Ôé¼5m, which is just several good months of Theo Walcott’s new contract.
´┐╝The Bastia youngster’s current contract runs until the summer of 2014 so come the next transfer window the French club will start to worry about the prospect of losing him for free, Arsenal’s interest could sooth those worries and give them what they’d consider to be a decent offer now.┬á
It’s claimed Arsenal want the player immediately, rather than waiting until summer or completing a deal and loaning him back, and Bastia expect to receive a firm offer from Arsene Wenger in the coming days.┬á
Florien Thauvin┬áisn’t a well known name but the 20 year old has represented France to U20 level. Bastia are having a good season after they were promoted as Ligue 2 champions. They currently stand 13th in Ligue 1.