Bundesliga juggernaut Bayern Munich once again looks to prize away a top playing asset from a domestic competitor after opening discussions with 24-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani per reports from Sky Sports’ Florian Plettenberg, cited by Get German Football.
The former Nantes academy product has been a shining light during his first season in Germany’s financial capital, leading Die Adler in goals with 13 strikes across the 2022-23 campaign, while adding an impressive 10 assists to his CV across 28 appearances in the German top flight with an additional five goals in four DFB-Pokal outings.
Kolo Muani’s form under Oliver Glasner was such that France boss Didier Deschamps gave him a surprise call-up into the France squad at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after a late injury to RB Leipzig star man Christopher Nkunku. The Bondy-born striker repaid the faith shown in him with key substitute appearances for Les Bleus on their way to their second finals appearance in the last two tournaments.
Should Bayern strike a deal, his arrival at Säbener Straße would signal the club finally sourcing a long-term solution at center-forward after the summer departure of Robert Lewandowski. The experiment of utilizing former Liverpool star Sadio Mané was a categoric failure, while the purple patch enjoyed by veteran Cameroonian frontman Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting ultimately stalled out over time.
Frankfurt would receive a club record fee for the player should terms be struck, despite the Bavarians hoping to pay less than €100m. That would still constitute a fee that would dwarf the €63m the club had received for former Serbian starlet Luka Jović back in the 2019-20 campaign.
Kolo Muani is just one of a cadre of top performers that Frankfurt may lose in the summer, with Japanese international Daichi Kamada and versatile Danish attacker Jesper Lindstrøm also fielding a number of potential suitors in the Premier League.
A massive financial windfall would go a long way for the club to reinvest, but questions on how they’d replace the aforementioned key players remains to be seen.