Marcus Thuram's goal at the Parc des Princes against Ireland (2-0) on Friday left PSG fans attending the international game at their own stadium eager for his talents after a summer full of transfer rumors linking both parties.
After a transaction never materialized, Le Parisien revealed the main reasons that influenced the player's decision not to join PSG and instead reinforce Inter Milan of Italy's Serie A.
Early in 2023, PSG targeted the 25-year-old striker, who was thriving at Borussia Monchengladbach with 16 goals and 7 assists in 32 appearances across all competitions.
Thuram, a close friend of Kylian Mbappe, seemed to fit perfectly into PSG's summer transfer plans. Additionally, he was a free agent, presenting an extraordinary opportunity for the player and the club.
Negotiations, led by PSG's sporting advisor Luis Campos and his representatives, intensified in June after PSG's signings of Manuel Ugarte and Marco Asensio, both of whom accepted the uncertainty surrounding playing time knowing what they were getting into by joining PSG. In contrast, Thuram was uncomfortable with the lack of guarantees regarding a starting role or playing every match.
PSG emphasized that their squad would be homogeneous and high-quality, with every player competing for their place. Coach Luis Enrique stressed that he wanted at least 20 starters, eliminating the concept of starters or substitutes as he wanted to build "two starting XI."
Thuram was also uncomfortable having to establish himself as a central striker and that further complicated matters, as PSG had other candidates for wide positions, including Ousmane Dembele, Bradley Barcola, and Kang-In Lee.
Therefore, Thuram declined PSG's contract offer and joined Inter Milan instead, where he has made an excellent start.