Marcus Thuram won’t be joining Newcastle in the January transfer window.
German reporter Christian Falk has explained the Borussia Monchengladbach forward’s situation in a piece for CaughtOffside.
Falk stresses that Gladbach’s resolve could be tested should a big offer come in, but it is important to remember that his current contract is set to expire this summer.
“Newcastle’s interest in Marcus Thuram was serious, that’s true. They decided already in this window that they won’t go to Newcastle,” the reporter said. “Everyone has to see what happened with Newcastle, nobody knows if they’ll get Champions League football.
“From Thuram’s side, they made a plan and decided to stay at Gladbach for the moment. If there’s a big offer, it has to come from a very big club – United is one of them, Bayern is one, Inter Milan and PSG.
“These four clubs are in their head. If they bring a good offer and Gladbach says ‘okay, for this money we have to sell him because we’ll lose him anyway’ they will do it.
“He won’t sign now at Newcastle as he’ll have so many options in the summer. But if one of these four clubs is knocking on his door then things could progress quickly.”
We already know that Manchester United will be in the market for a forward player in January, especially after losing Cristiano Ronaldo a month ago. It would be a risk to rely on Anthony Martial for the remainder of the season given his worrying track record for injuries.
On top of that, the Frenchman hasn’t performed well since the return of domestic action – after missing out on a call up to the France squad.
While Newcastle’s Saudi takeover has granted them access to a higher-quality pool of talent, the Magpies are bound to struggle to get players that are wanted by Europe’s bigger clubs like United, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
It remains to be seen how serious United are about signing Thuram.