According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the west London outfit are still set to continue talks with regard to the signing of the towering Frenchman, with the Blues seemingly plotting further moves following Felix’s arrival.
Writing on Twitter about that developing situation, the transfer insider stated: “João Félix deal will not change Chelsea plans as negotiations will continue for Marcus Thuram as revealed last week and also other targets — in different positions.”
This follows reports in recent weeks that have named the 25-year-old as a target for Graham Potter’s side, with the former Guingamp ace potentially set to be available for a cut-price fee with just six months remaining on his current deal in Germany.
A new striker is seemingly a priority position for the Stamford Bridge outfit this month, with academy graduate Armando Broja out for the season due to injury, while summer signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a return to Barcelona after scoring just three goals in all competitions this season.
The addition of Thuram – who has been dubbed “crazy” by former teammate Denis Zakaria – would seemingly be an ideal solution with the 6 foot 4 colossus having been in stellar form so far this term, having scored 13 goals and provided four assists in 17 games across all fronts for the Bundesliga outfit.
Having that clinical and imposing focal point in attack could well help to get the best out of the aforementioned Felix, with the latter man having previously outlined his preference to play in a free role behind the striker, stating:
“My best position is as the second forward. Playing like a no.10, with a guy in front of me.”
The 23-year-old could well be allowed the freedom to make things happen in a creative berth behind Thuram, with his dynamic brilliance and ability to provide quality service to the frontman showcased by the fact that he ranks in the top 12% in Europe for progressive passes among those in his position.
That potential partnership could also flourish due to the pair’s dribbling prowess with the Gladbach man ranking in the top 7% in that metric, while the former Benfica starlet ranks in the top 17% in that regard.
Equally, Potter could also have the makings of a hard-working and relentless forward line if he is to partner the two men together, with Thuram ranking in the top 16% for interceptions made, while Felix – who has seven goal involvements to his name in La Liga this season – ranks in the top 2%.
With Chelsea in need of a greater injection of attacking quality having scored just 20 goals this season in 17 league games, those two signings could well prove the perfect solution.