Despite recent links to the player, the German media don’t seem to believe Arsenal are in the race for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram.
90min sparked talk of an Arsenal move for Marcus Thuram at the end of November, claiming the Gunners were watching the French striker with his contract running down. But German outlet Bild don’t seem so sure.
Bild list plenty of clubs in the mix for Thuram, from Bundesliga sides Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to foreign clubs Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla, to Premier League sides Newcastle United and Aston Villa, but Arsenal don’t get a mention.
Borussia Monchengladbach assistant coach Oliver Neuville has admitted they’re going to find it hard to keep Marcus Thuram in the upcoming windows.
They’re expecting offers from Europe’s other top leagues, and the player only has a deal until 2023, with no expectation he’ll extend.
“He is having a fantastic season with many goals,” Neuville said. “He had a lot of injury problems last term, but still has a contract until the end of the season.
“I think it’s unlikely he will remain at Gladbach, because if he continues scoring like this, there will certainly be offers from Italy, Spain, and England.
“We need to be realistic about his prospects with us, especially now he has been called up by France for the World Cup. The odds on Thuram signing a new contract are not good.”
David Ornstein reported earlier this year that Arsenal are thought to have previously considered a move for Thuram. But none of the major reliable outlets have yet suggested that the Gunners will return for him in January. Even with Gabriel Jesus’s knee injury, Mikel Arteta is not expected to change his transfer plans of bringing in a left-sided centrback, a winger and a defensive midfielder.
Thuram has exploded this season, scoring 13 goals and assisting four in all competitions for Gladbach to break into the France squad just in time for the World Cup.
It had been well over a year since Thuram’s last appearance in one of Didier Deschamps’ squads before this month, having only made four international appearances in total at the age of 25.
But he’s in the squad now and came off the bench in the latter stages of France’s opening two group games.
Thuram also played 14 minutes of France’s last 16 win over Poland to set up a quarter-final tie against England.
He assisted Kylian Mbappe for their third goal.