Chelsea have completed the signing of 20-year-old striker David Datro Fofana from Molde.
But, understandably, he may not be ready to step into the starting lineup for some time.
That means Chelsea are still in the market for a forward, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz misfiring.
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The Blues have opened talks with Borussia Monchengladbach over Marcus Thuram, according to Foot Mercato.
Thuram caught the eye with France at the World Cup this winter with two assists in five games, the second of those in the final as they were narrowly defeated on penalties by Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
Thuram in fine form
He earned his spot in Didier Deschamps’ squad after hitting 13 goals with four assists from just 17 games for Borussia Monchengladbach this season.
Understand Chelsea have opened talks to explore January deal for Marcus Thuram. 🚨🔵 #CFC
The French striker’s on many top clubs list being a free agent in June, Chelsea exploring conditions for Jan.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 7, 2023
Thuram is a powerfully built 6’3″ attacker that is also able to line up on the flank – preferably the left one – and his versatility is another asset that could appeal to Graham Potter, who rarely uses the same formation all season.
Thuram is the son of France ’98 World Cup-winning right-back Lilian, their nation’s most capped player, and the elder brother of Nice midfielder Khephren.
He is currently rated at just €8m by Football Transfers’ in-house algorithm, owing in part to the fact that he is out of contract at the end of the season, but Gladbach will hope to get slightly more if they agree to a sale in January.