Newcastle have recently completed the signing of Florian Thauvin, but the winger claims there was once interest from Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, as reported by Eurosport.
The Frenchman was one of the most promising young talents in Ligue 1 a few seasons ago, and is still a hugely talented individual. He made the £13m move to St James’ Park, but insists things could have been very different if Arsenal’s interest turned into something more.
“It’s always been my dream to be a footballer in the Premier League, and I’m happy to be here and do that,” he said.
“Two or three seasons ago, Arsene Wenger perhaps made an approach with Arsenal, but apart from Arsenal, Newcastle are the only other club who have made an approach for me in the past.”
He has featured a number of times for the France U21 side, but is yet to break into the senior side. He will be hoping his move to the Premier League will help him make the step up, and will get him noticed by current France boss Didier Deschamps.
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Thauvin certainly seems like a Wenger signing – young, French, and with a promising future. It seems his interest has cooled however, and the manager no longer feels he’s up to the standard required to play for a club like Arsenal.