La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid are reportedly closely monitoring the progress of Khephren Thuram, viewed as a potential successor for Casemiro.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Khephren Thuram has emerged on Real Madrid’s radar over a possible move in a future transfer window. The Merengues are tracking the 20-year-old’s progress at Ligue 1 club OGC Nice and consider him a potential successor for Casemiro.

Khephren Thuram is the son of legendary former French defender Lilian Thuram and Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram’s younger brother. The youngster spent his formative years at four clubs before graduating from the AS Monaco academy a few years. But since joining fellow Ligue 1 club OGC Nice in July 2019, he has made significant progress in his career.

To date, Thuram has turned out 76 times for OGC Nice, with 27 outings coming in the ongoing campaign. And the 20-year-old’s progress at the Ligue 1 club has not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among his prospective suitors.

The Spanish giants are preparing for a gradual squad overhaul, with attack and creative midfield the first two departments they will likely address. While Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are Real Madrid’s priority offensive targets, laying down a succession plan for midfield stalwarts Luka Modric and Toni Kroos is also high on their agenda.

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But with Casemiro set to turn 30 this month, planning for life after the Brazilian international should also be a priority for Real Madrid, especially considering there is no viable backup for him in the current squad. Recent reports have even linked Casemiro with a possible move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid will thus have to set sights on a potential successor for Casemiro, with Aurelien Tchouameni one of their key targets for the summer. But the Frenchman is also tailed by several other high profile clubs across Europe, thereby bringing Khephren Thuram into the picture.

With the 20-year-old considered one of the brightest midfield prospects in Ligue 1, Real Madrid could have a star on their hands. Thuram’s signing will also help Los Blancos set up a long-term midfield core, also consisting of Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde. But in case a move for Thuram does not materialise, Swiss midfielder Fabian Rieder could be a viable alternative.

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