A recent report suggests that Chelsea is now a significant contender for the free agent striker Marcus Thuram, who was previously linked to West Ham, writes the HammerNews.
This season, both teams have fallen well below expectations, with West Ham now fighting relegation and Chelsea struggling to stay afloat in midtable obscurity. Despite the two clubs spending almost £800m combined in the last two transfer windows (with Chelsea’s share being over £600m), they both face similar issues on the field, namely a lack of goals.
West Ham has scored a mere 29 goals in the Premier League this season, placing them 16th in the league’s scoring charts. Chelsea, on the other hand, have one more goal to their name and sit in 15th place on the same chart. As a result, it’s reasonable to expect that both clubs will be looking to bolster their striker department in the upcoming summer transfer window. With the futures of Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio uncertain beyond this summer, it’s no surprise that West Ham has already been linked with interest in various forwards.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are anticipated to experience numerous departures, and acquiring at least one or two forwards is thought to be a top priority. While money is no concern for Chelsea under Todd Boehly, West Ham’s budget is relatively modest in comparison.
West Ham have expressed a longstanding desire to sign Marcus Thuram, the French forward. Thuram, who has refused to sign a new contract with Borussia Monchengladbach, will be a free agent this summer. It has been reported that West Ham is one of the clubs keen on securing his services. However, a new claim suggests that Chelsea now presents a serious challenge to West Ham’s move for the sensational free agent striker. Following the announcement that Thuram will be a free agent, Chelsea is reportedly on “red alert.” Furthermore, the Blues may have an advantage over West Ham and several other clubs in the race for the Frenchman’s signature.