Borussia Monchengladbach assistant manager Oliver Neuville has admitted that the chances of Tottenham target Marcus Thuram staying put at the Bundesliga club are quite slim.
The speculation over Thuram’s future has been building towards a crescendo ahead of the January transfer window, which is understandable given that the forward’s current contract runs out at the end of the season (Transfermarkt).
Nicolo Schira revealed earlier this week that Gladbach are willing to sell the winger for just €10m (£8.6m) in January in order to avoid losing him on a free in the summer.
The report further explained that the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, Inter Milan and Marseille are also in the mix for the 25-year-old’s signature, while it has emerged over recent days (The Sun) that Newcastle United are also eyeing a move for the Frenchman in January.
Neuville has now admitted that it might not be realistic to expect Gladbach to hold on to the former Guingamp man, given the heights he has reached this season.
When asked about the speculation over Thuram’s future, the Bundesliga club’s assistant manager told Radio Sportiva: “He’s having an amazing season. He’s scored a lot of goals.
“I think it will be difficult for him to stay at Gladbach. If he continues to score so many goals, it’s certain he’ll have many offers from Italy, Spain and England. We must also be a little realistic.
“I hope he will still be here for a long time in Monchengladbach. But now he’s been called up by French for the World Cup, it will be difficult for him to extend. I hope (he stays). But the chances are slim.”
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Gladbach will have no choice but to cash in on Thuram in January if he does not sign a new contract. It is anybody’s guess where the 25-year-old will end up, given the amount of interest he seems to be generating around Europe.
If Thuram does come to the Premier League, I suspect he would opt to join Newcastle as not only can the Magpies offer him a lucrative salary but he is also more likely to get regular game time at St James’ Park than at Spurs or Arsenal.
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