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Chelsea can land Aubameyang upgrade by signing Marcus Thuram

The January transfer window is now open for business and Graham Potter has already bolstered his Chelsea squad by signing Benoit Badiashile from AS Monaco.

As it stands, the Blues are 10th in the Premier League table and will be looking to push up to challenge for the European spots in the second half of the campaign.

11 top-flight teams have scored more goals than Potter’s side, who have found the back of the net 20 times in 17 outings, and adding a goalscorer to the squad could be key to Chelsea’s hopes in the coming months.

One player who could solve their issues at the top end of the pitch is Borussia Monchengladbach centre-forward Marcus Thuram, who has been on fire in the Bundesliga this season.

Journalist Simon Phillips has revealed that the striker is one of the club’s top targets for the month and that he is a realistic signing for the Blues.

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The reporter told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s made his way up towards the top of the forward shortlist for this window, and he presents an opportunity for Chelsea to land a top forward for a very low fee, with his contract up in the summer. I’ve been told he is attainable this month.”

The attacker is reportedly available for a fee of up to £15m, with his contract at Gladbach being set to expire at the end of the season, and Potter can land a big upgrade on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by securing his signature.

In the Premier League this term, the Gabon international has scored once in nine appearances and averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.58 for the Blues.

His lack of production in the final third has hurt Chelsea badly, as shown by their aforementioned goalscoring statistics in comparison to the rest of the league, and Thuram could take his place in the side if he arrives at Stamford Bridge this month.

The Gladbach striker, who has been hailed as “clinical” by journalist Raj Chohan, was once lauded as a “monster” by Herve Renard, has plundered 10 goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances, whilst also delivering three assists.

Thuram also produced two assists in five substitute appearances for France at the World Cup and his quality at the top end of the pitch could give Chelsea a huge lift during the second half of the season.

His impressive goalscoring for the German side shows that he has the potential to offer far more than what Aubameyang has delivered for Potter to date, which is why the club must get a deal over the line for the Frenchman.