Manchester United Set Sights on Randal Kolo Muani as Potential Striking Solution

June 13, 2023 1:01 pm

Manchester United are making preparations to approach Eintracht Frankfurt with their initial offer for Randal Kolo Muani, according to reports. The French forward has exceeded expectations in his debut season with Die Adler, impressively contributing 23 goals and 14 assists from 46 appearances across all competitions.

Muani’s remarkable numbers include 15 goals and 11 assists from 32 Bundesliga outings, placing him just one behind Borussia Dortmund’s left-back, Raphael Guerreiro, in the playmaking category. Frankfurt had a successful season, reaching the DFB-Pokal final and the knockout stages of the Champions League with Kolo Muani leading the line. They also secured a seventh-placed Bundesliga finish, qualifying for the Europa Conference League playoff round. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive betting odds from Gclub.

Despite joining Frankfurt on a free transfer from Nantes last summer, the 24-year-old is already being touted for a move to a Champions League-caliber club, although he is not set to become a free agent until 2027. Consequently, Frankfurt is reportedly keen on retaining Kolo Muani for another season and would demand a fee exceeding £100 million to consider a summer sale.

However, the French international has openly expressed his desire to play in the Premier League. According to reports from Bild, as cited by The Mirror, Manchester United is intensifying their pursuit and planning to present an enticing initial offer to Frankfurt in the coming weeks. Nevertheless, competition for Kolo Muani’s signature remains fierce, with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain also monitoring the situation.

Erik ten Hag, the Manchester United manager, is prioritizing the acquisition of a new number nine ahead of the 2023-24 season. The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo just before the World Cup left Ten Hag with limited options in that position. Anthony Martial struggled with fitness throughout the campaign, while Wout Weghorst’s loan spell from Burnley in the second half of the season did not yield positive results for either party.

Although Weghorst enjoyed a prolific season under compatriot Ten Hag, scoring 31 goals in all competitions, he managed only two goals for Manchester United and is unlikely to be signed permanently. Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, rediscovered his scoring touch with 30 goals across all tournaments, including 17 in the Premier League. However, the Englishman predominantly featured on the left flank of the attack.

While Kolo Muani is highly regarded by Manchester United, their primary target remains Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, who is entering the final year of his contract with Spurs. However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is hesitant to strengthen a rival Premier League club, causing Manchester United to grow increasingly pessimistic about their chances of signing the England captain.

As a result, Atalanta BC’s rising star Rasmus Hojlund is being considered as a more realistic option, with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos also mentioned as possible alternatives. The coming weeks will likely provide further clarity on Manchester United’s pursuit of a new striker as they aim to bolster their squad for the upcoming season. Get all the latest updates from the world of sports only on Gclub Sports.