Chelsea transfer news: 'World-class' player rejects Blues interest, he wants to stay put in January

Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram has reportedly rejected Chelsea to stay where he is for the second half of the season.

Thuram, 25, is a French attacker whose contract with Gladbach expires at the end of the season.

According to Foot Mercato, Thuram has just decided he will stick with his Bundesliga club for the rest of the campaign until his deal expires in the summer.

It is explained that the player has said no to Chelsea approaches in January, who had initiated contact to try sign him this month.

The report says that Graham Potter’s side are likely to make a fresh approach to sign him in the summer when he’s a free agent, but the Blues will then face a lot more competition for his signature.

Finally, the report says Thuram is yet to decide his next club for life after Gladbach.

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Marcus Thuram rejection

For now, Chelsea have been unsuccessful in their quest to bring Thuram to Stamford Bridge.

It’s going to be interesting to see if his name crops up in the transfer rumour mill come the summer, especially if he enjoys a strong second half of the season in Gladbach colours.

The frontman has 13 goals in only 17 club appearances so far this campaign, so you can understand why he was on the Blues radar.

Mundo Deportivo reported earlier in January that Barcelona were potential rivals to Chelsea in the chase for Thuram’s signature. Let’s see how many clubs are circling in a few months time when he’s a free agent.

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Chelsea desperately need an injection of goals into their starting line-up, something that the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix and Noni Madueke can try bring following their January rivals.

However, it feels pretty obvious the Blues still lack a clinical No.9 option.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.