Inter Milan are ‘ramping up their efforts to sign Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram this summer… and are confident a £25m bid will seal the deal after first offer was turned down’
- Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram is a target for Inter Milan
- Thuram, the son of Lilian, is closing in on the move after a first offer was rejected
- Milan are growing confident of reaching an agreement for a figure of £25million
- Thuram remains under contract until June 2023 but is keen for a new challenge
Inter Milan are reportedly ramping up their efforts to sign talented Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram in a €30million (£25m) deal this summer.
Thuram, the son of former Juventus and Parma defender Lilian, is in demand in this window, but talks with Milan are said to be progressing well.
According to Sky Sport Italia, the club have grown confident of reaching an agreement, despite seeing their first offer turned down.
Inter Milan are ramping up their attempts to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram
It has been claimed in Italy that the €25m (£21.3m) plus bonuses bid was rebuffed by Monchengladbach, who are holding out for a higher fee.
And after the setback, there is a belief at the San Siro that the £25m figure will be enough to convince them to part ways with the versatile forward.
Thuram, 24, is tied down at Monchengladbach until June 2023, but is on the lookout for a new challenge after his team’s disappointing season last time out.
Thuram (right) is valued at around £25m and Milan are increasingly confident of sealing a deal
They failed to qualify for both the Champions League and Europa League, having finished in eighth spot, whereas Milan find themselves at the top table once again.
Mainly being fielded on the left wing, Thurman scored 11 goals and laid on 12 assists in 40 matches last campaign, and can also play down the middle and on the right.
Milan turned their attentions to him after they failed in their pursuit of Atalanta ace Duvan Zapata, whose price tag also stands at a hefty £25m.
With Monchengladbach out of Europe, forward Thuram is said to be open to a new challenge
Regardless of the knockback, the club are actively on the hunt for a new striker as they bid to provide competition for Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko.
Bizarrely, Dzeko made his debut for his new club in their friendly clash against Dynamo Kiev at the weekend despite not being officially unveiled by them.
The announcement finally took place hours after the full-time whistle, by which points Dzeko, formerly of Manchester City, was already off the mark.
Edin Dzeko (right) opened his scoring account in a friendly last weekend after joining Milan
Curiously, confirmation of his move only arrived hours after he had scored in Saturday’s clash
He signed a deal until June 2023, and was allowed to play after being given dispensation following an issue over outstanding salary issues at Roma being fixed.
Martinez, meanwhile, is believed to be close to penning a new five-year contract with Milan despite interest from Tottenham.
A first meeting between him and his club was held recently and proved to be ‘positive’, Sky Sport Italia reported, indicating an extension is close.