Gladbach sign Marcus Thuram in €12m deal

The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit having left Guingamp following their relegation to Ligue 2

Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the signing France Under-21 striker Marcus Thuram from Guingamp in a deal worth a reported €12 million (£10.8m/$13.5m).

The 21-year-old – son of World Cup winner and France great Lilian Thuram – has penned a four-year contract with the Bundesliga side.

Thuram joined Guingamp in 2017 from Sochaux and scored 17 goals in 72 appearances across all competitions for the French side.

Nine of those goals came in Ligue 1 last term, but they did not prove enough to stop Guingamp from being relegated to the second tier.

Thuram then spent the summer representing France at the Under-21 European Championships, where they were knocked out at the semi-final stage by eventual champions Spain.

"We're thrilled to have Marcus on board," said Monchengladbach's sporting director Max Eberl in a statement.

"He is a fast, robust and dangerous attacker who fits into our squad well. We’re confident that he will make his mark in the Bundesliga."

Thuram joins a Gladbach side that finished fifth in Bundesliga last season - three points off the top four and Champions League qualification.

That secured them a Europa League spot for the upcoming campaign, though they head into the new season reeling from the departure of star player Thorgan Hazard.

The Belgium international left for Borussia Dortmund in May having scored 13 goals and laid on 12 assists in 35 appearances across all competitions for Gladbach in 2018-19.

But he formed part of Dortmund's aggressive early-summer spending spree, joining Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz and Mats Hummels in moving to Westfalenstadion.

Gladbach kick-off the new Bundesliga season against Schalke on August 17, though their first competitive fixture comes eight days earlier when they face Sandhausen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.

Before then they will take in pre-season fixtures against Angers, Athletic Club and Chelsea as Marco Rose embarks on his first season in charge having joined from Red Bull Salzburg.