Atletico Madrid have identified Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram as their top attacking target for the summer, according to Marca.
Thuram courted interest from plenty of Europe’s top clubs during the winter transfer window, including Los Rojiblancos.
With a contract due at the end of the season, the Foals demanded around €15 million for the Frenchman, which Atletico were reluctant to pay.
Thuram, who was part of France’s 2022 World Cup squad, is expected to leave Gladbach in the summer for free, with Los Rojiblancos looking to pounce.
Atletico’s erratic form this season could lead to a squad overhaul in the summer. They need attacking reinforcements, with Matheus Cunha leaving for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Joao Felix joining Chelsea on loan in January.
Memphis Depay moved to Wanda Metropolitano from Barcelona as the only signing of the January transfer window, with Atletico paying around €4m.
However, there have been reports that Diego Simeone is unhappy with the Dutchman’s fitness, which has raised doubts over his future just a few weeks after his arrival.
Thuram would be a massive signing for Atletico, given his excellent goalscoring consistency in Bundesliga this season.
Atletico are reportedly counting on fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann to persuade Thuram to move to Wanda Metropolitano.
Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could provide tough competition for Atletico in Thuram’s pursuit.
Atletico also have Getafe striker Enes Unal and Borja Iglesias of Real Betis on their radar.
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