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Arsenal boost as target set to leave club on free transfer

Arsenal could land a top star for free this summer.

Arsenal have been linked with Marcus Thuram of Borussia Monchengladbach.

Reports last month claimed that Arsenal are being joined by Spanish giants FC Barcelona in the race for the Borussia Monchengladbach striker.

Thuram spent much of his early playing career as a left-winger. However, in recent seasons he has been used largely as a striker.

In 2022/23, the Frenchman has scored 13 and assisted five in 27 Bundesliga matches. Thuram has also netted three and assisted one in two DFB-Pokal matches.

Now, in a boost to the Gunners, a Borussia Monchengladbach director has confirmed the Frenchman will leave the club for free in the summer:

“We were in open discussions with both players and knew the situation. It is a shame that they won’t be extending their current contracts, which expire in the summer, because both of them have given us a lot from a sporting perspective over the past four years.

“In an ideal world, we would have picked up an attractive transfer fee. It is obviously not good that it isn’t the case this time.

“However, both of them are players that can make the difference in games. Both have helped us immensely on the pitch in the past few years and are still doing that now, so despite all our justified disappointment, they have still earned a worthy send-off.”

Tottenham, Manchester United and Newcastle have also all been linked, but if Arsenal win the Premier League, they may have the edge in the race.

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