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Chelsea: Fabrizio Romano claims Thuram still targeted despite Felix deal

Chelsea are still set to target Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram in the January transfer window despite closing in on a deal for Joao Felix, Fabrizio Romano has revealed.

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Chelsea made a quick swoop to unexpectedly agree a deal to loan Felix for the rest of the season, but this will not stop them from targeting further attacking signings.

Thuram has been linked, and with the Frenchman out of contract at the end of the season, a deal may be possible for a lower fee than some of their other targets.

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Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano claimed that Chelsea are still set to pursue the 26-year-old as a centre-forward addition to Felix.

He said: “Joao Felix will be the next one. This is not going to change the Chelsea plan, for example, for players like Marcus Thuram.

“As we mentioned, he’s a central striker and they want him as one of the opportunities for the January transfer window, but it depends on Borussia Monchengladbach and what they will do.”

A new-look attack

Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both arrived in the summer, but Sterling recently picked up an injury, whilst Aubameyang has been disappointing since his return to England.

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Graham Potter clearly wants to revamp his team’s attack to add more goals to the side, and with Christopher Nkunku due to arrive in the summer, he may clear out some of Chelsea’s current options to bring in these forwards during the January window.

Chelsea are spending significantly, but if Felix and Thuram can fire them to a top-four spot, then it will have been justifiable. But given their poor recent form, this will be a tough ask.