Randal Kolo Muani could already be the transfer of the season. The striker, who signed a free deal with Eintracht Frankfurt from Nantes last summer, has since raised 16 million euros ($17 million). transfermarkt market capitalization increased to €37 million ($40 million). Kolo Muani’s market value was last updated after the strong World Cup against France on Friday.
The 24-year-old striker joined the squad late, replacing RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku, who suffered a ligament injury during the tournament’s formation. Kolo Muani then certainly made the most of the tournament, scoring a goal and an assist for France on the way to the final, becoming the tragic hero who missed a big chance with just minutes to go.
Kolo Muani and his teammate Aurélien Tchouameni, who were racially abused on social media, had to deactivate their Instagram accounts. It was a sad end of a tournament for the Eintracht Frankfurt striker, whose stocks have soared since he moved to the Bundesliga last summer. It also overshadows the fact that the forward could be one of the most out of shape strikers in Europe.
Kolo Muani has scored five goals and ten assists in just 14 games in the Bundesliga and added two more goals in the UEFA Champions League. In Germany, only Bayern Munich super talent Jamal Musiala has more points (nine goals and seven assists) than Kolo Muani.
This is not the only category that Kolo Muani has affected. According to Wyscout, the French forward’s 51 progressive runs are second only to Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong (73). Kolo Muani is fourth in the league with a dribble of 8.34 in 90 minutes, just behind Hertha’s Chidera Ejuke (9.07), Hoffenheim’s Georginio Rutter (9.01) and Bayern’s Kingsley Coman (8.7).
Given these numbers, it’s not surprising that Kolo Muani is already linked to Rekordmeister. The number one target for the number 9 position remains English striker Harry Kane, with Bayern reportedly putting Kolo Muani and French teammate and Gladbach forward Marcus Thuram as potential alternatives.
Kolo Muani, whose contract in Frankfurt runs until 2027, was offered to Bayern Munich ahead of the World Cup as a possible replacement for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. However, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic recently confirmed in an interview with Sport Bild that contract extension talks with Choupo-Motings are ongoing.
“I am in contact with his management. We will meet and start negotiations over the next few weeks. Choupo was incredibly good for the team, especially in the second half of the first half of the season. He performed well and made everyone happy,” said Salihamidzic.
With Kolo Muani’s price tag soaring, it’s unlikely Bayern will sign the French forward as Kane’s backup. Frankfurt really is no stranger to record-breaking transfers. In the past, the club has awarded Luka Jović for €63 million ($66 million) to Real Madrid, Sébastien Haller to West Ham for €40 million ($42 million) and André Silva for €23 million. ($24 million) sold to the league. opponents RB Leipzig.
In other words, Frankfurt knows how to manage a substantial transfer fee and Kolo Muani is getting to a point where he can break Jović’s club transfer record. This could discourage him from going to Bayern Munich.
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