Scoring at the Parc des Princes after Kylian Mbappe’s blocked strike, Marcus Thuram did it against Ireland on Thursday evening (2-0) and the Parisian leaders would have liked to drag this moment out all season. At the beginning of 2023, they targeted the then 25-year-old striker, who was an undisputed starter with Mönchengladbach, then playing through the side with good efficiency: 16 goals in 32 matches with Borussia in all competitions and 7 help. Unclear.
International A under Didier Deschamps, friend of Kylian Mbappé Trained at Sochaux in France after INF Clairefontaine, the former Guingamp player had everything, he ticked all the boxes on the summer transfer window roadmap. Furthermore, he was free at the end of his contract, a boon for the attacking element worth almost forty million euros.
Uncertainty about his playing time
Paris sports adviser Luis Campos and his representatives led negotiations for several weeks. They intensified after completing the arrival of another free player, Manuel Ugarte, and Marco Asensio, before PSG’s official appointment of Luis Enrique as coach in June.
It wasn’t obvious ambiguity that derailed the deal. Manuel Ugarte and Marco Asensio accepted what Marcus Thuram rejected: uncertainty over his playing time. According to our information, PSG’s two signings Luis, Campos and Enrique explained to each recruit that they would have no position guarantee holders, no guarantee of playing all matches.
In conversations, the decision-makers did not want to establish this or that comfortably, he explained to them that there would be a homogeneous and high-quality workforce, where everyone would have to fight to find their place.
The Spanish coach also said clearly on the eve of the visit of Lyon (4-1 victory), when asked about Gonçalo Ramos soon competing with Randal Kolo Muani: “Not starting, really. In? Obviously you don’t know me yet. I want at least 20 starters, not 12 or 13. Even 22. You will learn with me that the starter or substitute position does not exist. »
He was keen to establish himself as the number 9
Another problem: After several seasons of playing on his versatility, Marcus Thuram wanted to settle down as the No. 9. They no longer intend to frequent a corridor, even though the conditions may be different in the selection. Thus the discussions with Paris focused on a role in the pivot, and not on the sidelines, where the capital club already included other names such as Ousmane Dembélé, Bradley Barcola or Kang-in Lee. It was this entire speech that left Marcus Thuram cold. Eager to continue featuring on Didier Deschamps’ roster with an eye on Euro 2024, he rejected the contract offer that Paris handed him at the end of June.
He immediately signed a five-year deal with Inter Milan, a major European club with a smaller team than PSG, and confirmed his commitment on 1 July. The departures of Edin Dzeko to Fenerbahçe and Romelu Lukaku to AS Roma have brightened the horizon: in Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2, the Frenchman has one of two places in attack, with Lautaro Martínez, a complementary duo. Have captured. He has made three starts against Monza, Cagliari and Fiorentina with a goal and two assists, which is an excellent start.
He could continue to secure his place in the 23 international matches, with a high chance of seeing the German as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, Oliver Giroud, Randall Kolo Muani. He doubted this in Paris. He got what he was looking for while PSG had to activate other options with the arrivals of Goncalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani to occupy the central positions of Luis Enrique’s 4-3-3.