Man Utd forced to act as Euro giant lands first punch in international star striker pursuit

Marcus Thuram, Kylian Mbappe, France, November 2022

Bayern Munich have reportedly made an offer to Manchester United striker target Marcus Thuram, which could force Erik ten Hag’s side into action.

Thuram has been one of the Bundesliga’s best players this season. Indeed, he is already level with his highest league tally of 10 goals, just 15 games into the season.

That return puts him second on the Bundesliga top-scorers list for this season, two shy of Christopher Nkunku’s tally.

Interest is to be expected given Thuram’s stellar form so far this season.

That has ramped up of late, as his contract situation has reached the point of no return. Indeed, his deal at Borussia Monchengladbach is up in the summer of 2023.

As such, he could be able to negotiate a contract with a side outside of Germany as early as January. In any case, if he does not renew his deal with Monchengladbach, he will leave the club in the summer.

That has already piqued the interest of Man Utd. They are one of the main sides to have registered an interested in the Frenchman.

Also linked with a move for Thuram are Newcastle United, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Man Utd forced into action for Thuram move

It is United that seem as if they would be the most keen English side now. Indeed, Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club has left them with just two central strikers: Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

It seems likely that they will attempt to snare a striker in January.

That Thuram could cost as little as £10million, according to recent reports, could mean they are eager to pursue him. While they could have the opportunity to snare him for nothing for the summer, they have a need for a striker right now.

However, the pursuit might not be as easy as that. Indeed, recent reports have suggested that Bayern Munich are keen on keeping Thuram in the Bundesliga.

Newcastle World has relayed an update from Sport Mediaset on that situation.

That report states that Bayern have offered the Frenchman a ‘lucrative’ five-year deal. That would apparently see him join on a free in the summer, should he accept.

United counter could see them better placed

United do have the opportunity to counter that offer, though. Indeed, Monchengladbach would likely be happier with selling Thuram, rather than losing him for free.

There is a good chance that United are keen to sign him in January, rather than wait to potentially receive him in the summer on a free.

As such, if they do make the Bundesliga side an offer, they could well beat Bayern to the snare. Whether or not Thuram would want to join United over Bayern is another question, though.

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