Premier League champions Liverpool were interested in signing the £44 million-rated Borussia Monchengladbach star Marcus Thuram this summer, according to El Pais.
It’s certainly been an interesting week for this fearsome Frenchman.
In the build up to Gladbach’s 2-2 draw at Inter Milan last Wednesday, Thuram suffered the ignominy of googling himself in order to prove his identity to a suspicious security guard at the gates of San Siro (Sun).
Six days on, however, the 23-year-old has moved one giant step towards becoming one of the most famous faces in European football.
Thuram scored twice as Gladbach gave an out-of-sorts Real Madrid side an almighty scare in their second Champions League group matches of the campaign.
Zinedine Zidane’s side claimed an unlikely point with two late goals from Casemiro and Karim Benzema but, after the game, all the focus was one a man who, just 17 months ago, was suffering relegation with Guingamp.
And, according to Movistar reporter Alain Valnegri, Thuram was a Liverpool target as recently as this summer.
With all due respect to a Gladbach side who continue to impress under Marco Rose, it won’t be long until this £44 million-rated, Swiss Army knife of a forward is jinking past full-backs for one of European football’s bonafide powerhouses.
Then again, with Jurgen Klopp adding Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino to an already exceptional frontline since the turn of the year, it’s difficult to see where Thuram fits in at Anfield these days.
A move to Liverpool appears to have passed him by, for now at least.