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Spurs: Fabio Paratici scouting World Cup-bound Marcus Thuram

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Marcus Thuram to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

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That’s according to a recent report by 90min, who revealed that Fabio Paratici sent Spurs scouts to watch the centre-forward in action during Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-2 win over Borussia Dortmund last Friday – ahead of launching a potential move for the 25-year-old in the winter market.

However, a further report by Italian media outlet CalcioMercato also claimed that the likes of Inter Milan, Juventus and Bayern Munich are keen on the France international, while Arsenal are also reported to be interested in the striker – who is free to discuss pre-contract terms with a new suitor in January.

Finally, CalcioMercato add that, with Thuram’s current deal at Borussia-Park set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign, the Bundesliga side could be willing to part with the attacker for a reduced fee this winter – in order to receive some sort of fee for a player as talented as the Frenchman.

Paratici must move

Considering just how impressive Thuram has been in Germany this season, it is not difficult to understand why Paratici and Antonio Conte would be interested in a move for the 25-year-old in the January transfer window.

Indeed, over his 15 Bundesliga fixtures in 2022/23, the £26m-rated striker has been in devastating form, having already bagged ten goals, provided three assists and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 3.7 shots – 2.0 of which have hit the target – making 0.9 key passes and completing 1.5 dribbles per game.

These metrics have seen the £54k-per-week talent who Denis Zakaria labelled both “crazy” and “phenomenal” average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.19, not only ranking him as Mönchengladbach’s fourth-best performer in the league but also as the joint 23rd-best player in the German top flight as a whole.

Furthermore, FBref rank the Frenchman in the top 13% of forwards in Europe’s big five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90, in addition to the top 5% for non-penalty xG, the top 10% for shots, the top 22% for shot-creating actions, the top 8% for dribbles completed and the top 9% for touches in the opposition penalty area over the last 12 months.

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And, with Thuram being a late inclusion in Didier Deschamps’ 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup, should the 25-year-old manage to continue his remarkable club form for France in Qatar, the striker could well attract even more attention than he currently is by the time January rolls around.

As such, it would appear an extremely wise move for Paratici to open talks with the Mönchengladbach star’s agents at the earliest possible opportunity, as Tottenham landing the forward ahead of their most bitter rivals Arsenal would undoubtedly represent a huge coup for the Italian – particularly considering the Gunners’ current top of the table standing in the Premier League.