·7 February 2023
·7 February 2023
Marcus Thuram was one of the first names on the Atletico Madrid shortlist when they offloaded Joao Felix during the start of the January transfer window.
Trusting that Borussia Monchengladbach will settle for a meagre fee for a striker whose contract expires at the end of the season, Atletico made a move to sign the player. But they ultimately had to back out as the Bundesliga giants held out for a fee of €15 million.
However, as reported by MARCA, Atletico Madrid have not lost sight of Thuram just yet. They are expected to go after him once again in the summer, when the attacker would become a free agent.
The 25-year-old, after all, has emerged as one of the top performers in the Bundesliga this season. Despite struggling with injuries for the majority of the last 18 months, the Frenchman has racked up 13 goals and four assists in all competitions this term.
Thuram’s contributions did not go unnoticed as he was also a part of the French side that reached the 2022 FIFA World Cup final. He even played a crucial role in helping Les Bleus stage a late comeback against the Argentines, though they eventually lost on penalties.
Thuram’s goalscoring traits, coupled with his pace and power have made him an appealing target for Atletico Madrid. But despite his status as a free agent this summer, the operation will not be as easy.
This is because Atleti must adhere to the economic regulations put forth by La Liga, which could mean that they must offload some of their existing stars including Felix, Angel Correa or Alvaro Morata if they are to make the space for Thuram.
In addition, the Rojiblancos must also qualify for the UEFA Champions League, especially given the fact that Thuram is being courted by other European giants such as Bayern Munich, and a few Premier League clubs.
Not to mention, the French international is also expected to demand a signing bonus due to his status as a free agent. Therefore, Atletico Madrid must conjure up serious capital this summer if they are to get their hands on Marcus Thuram.
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