Marcus Thuram would rather not move to Chelsea this winter despite the interest of the Blues, with the French star holding out for a summer move when he will be a free agent and set to attract the attention of more clubs including Inter Milan and Barcelona, according to reports.
The striker, who currently plies his trade for Borussia Monchengladbach, is among those being targetted by Chelsea this winter as they look to add firepower to their stuttering side in a bid to make the top four, a spot that they currently sit 10 points off.
They have already added Joao Felix to their side on a six month loan from Atletico Madrid, but remain in the hunt for an out-and-out striker to fill the void left by the season-ending injury to Armando Broja.
And Thuram is an intriguing option, with the Frenchman likely to be available at a low cost with his contract expiring in six months time. So far, he has enjoyed a fruitful season in the Bundesliga, with 10 goals and three assists in 15 outings, and he was also a part of the French squad that lost on penalties in the World Cup final last month.
As per German outlet Sport1, however, the Frenchman is not keen on a move to Stamford Bridge this winter, and would rather remain with his current club until his deal expires in the summer, when he will be available on a free transfer and likely have more choice over his future destination.
Still only 25 years-old, he could be one of the more valuable free agents on the market should he get his wish, with Inter Milan and Barcelona among the clubs thought to be keen on taking him on from next season.