Borussia Dortmund have allegedly shown interest in OGC Nice and France midfielder Khéphren Thuram, per reports.
The search for midfield reinforcements continues for Borussia Dortmund this summer, this time with the club being linked with one of Ligue 1’s most promising talents. The club have allegedly inquired about Nice’s Khéphren Thuram, with Liverpool and Bayern also keen on exploring a move for the player.
Thuram has been the focal point of speculation throughout the summer, but has been most heavily linked with Liverpool as Premier League side continues it’s own midfield rebuild. While it’s completely plausible that Dortmund scouted Thuram and explored the possibility of a bid, it is likely that Nice’s valuation of the French international is too high for the club to truly consider. The French club currently value Thuram at 50 million euros.
As a player, Thuram would fit nicely in Dortmund’s midfield and pick up the slack left after the departure of Jude Bellingham. His physicality, exemplary passing ability, ability to retain possession, defensive reading of the game and maneuverability in tight spaces would give Dortmund a player with a skill set similar to that of what they lost in the advent of Jude’s transfer. Thuram was responsible for 2 goals and 4 assists for Nice in Ligue 1, with a further 3 assists coming in the UEFA Conference League. He also ranks very high amongst Europe’s top five leagues in terms of progressive carries (3.25 per 90) and successful take ons (1.63 per 90) over the course of the last year when compared to players of a similar mold.
As with quite a few players that Dortmund has been linked with in this transfer market, the issue of price is an ever-present hurdle for the club to navigate. And yet, as the transfer window rolls on, it may become harder for Dortmund to resist paying a substantial fee for a quality player to add to their midfield. It is almost a given that to find a player that can fill a similar role to Jude in the starting 11, it will require a significant outlay of financial capital.