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Chelsea join Man Utd in transfer race for France and Gladbach frontman Thuram

12:06 am AEDT 7/1/23
Marcus Thuram Borussia Monchengladbach 2022-23
Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race for Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
  • France international impressing in Germany
  • Free agenct in the summer
  • Clubs across Europe monitoring his situation

WHAT'S HAPPENING? The 25-year-old France international, who is the son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, has entered the final six months of his contract in Germany and is due to become a free agent in the summer.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: A new challenge may be taken on before then, though, with FootMercato reporting that Chelsea are exploring the option of putting a deal in place during the January transfer window. He could be available for a fee of just €15 million (£13m/$16m).

AND WHAT'S MORE: The Blues will face plenty of competition for Thuram, with Manchester United one of several other suitors from across Europe, and it remains to be seen whether the highly-rated forward – who caught the eye at the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar - will agree to a mid-season change of scenery or weigh up his options when the current campaign comes to a close.

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WHAT NEXT? Thuram, who has nine senior international caps to his name, has been attracting admiring glances from afar after registering 13 goals and four assists for Monchengladbach this season – with 10 efforts in the German top flight seeing him sit second behind fellow countryman Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga scoring charts.