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Arsenal watching 13-goal striker ahead of January window

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By Dan Critchlow

Moenchengladbach’s French forward Marcus Thuram celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Borussia Moenchengladbach v Real Madrid in Moenchengladbach, western Germany on October 27, 2020. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

90min report that Arsenal have been one of the clubs to watch Marcus Thuram in recent weeks, with the player’s contract running down at Borussia Monchengladbach.

David Ornstein reported earlier this year that Arsenal are thought to have previously considered a move for Thuram, whose Gladbach deal expires in 2023.

At the time of that report in April, the player perhaps wasn’t marketing himself particularly well, scoring three goals all season.

A knee ligament injury probably played a part in that, keeping him out from August to late October and seemingly affecting his form afterwards.

Yet Thuram has exploded in the new campaign, 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 he came off the bench in the latter stages of France’s opening group game against Australia on Tuesday.

Moenchengladbach's French forward Marcus Thuram controls the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Moenchengladbach vs RB Leipzig, in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on October 31, 2020. (Photo by UWE KRAFT / POOL / AFP)
Moenchengladbach’s French forward Marcus Thuram controls the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Moenchengladbach vs RB Leipzig, in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on October 31, 2020. (Photo by UWE KRAFT / POOL / AFP)

With no sign of a contract extension, Gladbach are reportedly expecting to sell Thuram in January, rather than letting him leave for free in the summer.

Ornstein’s report in April suggested the German side were looking for £10-15m in the summer. Despite his deal running down by a further few months, they may still want a similar amount in January, following his upturn in form.

Source: Daily Cannon.