Eintracht Frankfurt are no strangers to having to deal with big clubs coming in and snapping up their star striker. It has happened with regularity down the years with the likes of Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and André Silva all departing the Deutsche Bank Stadion in big money moves. Now, the Adler face a fresh battle to keep their current goal getter Randal Kolo Muani with his performances this season attracting a host of suitors. Will the Frenchman be the next to fly the Frankfurt nest?
Despite only having arrived in Germany in the summer on a free transfer from Nantes, the 24-year-old has enjoyed a stellar first season in the Bundesliga and talk has already turned to his potential departure as early as this summer. His performances for Oliver Glasner’s side have grabbed the attention ever since his goal-scoring debut against Bayern Munich on matchday 1 and he earned a place in the French World Cup squad that finished as runners-up in Qatar.
Kolo Muani has scored 11 Bundesliga goals so far this season and provided a further 13 assists making him the leagues top points scorer. He has 16 goals across all competitions. His talent is already on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs with Bild reporting that Manchester United have already prepared a bit of some €120 million. Paris St.Germain, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Milan have also been linked.
This is a figure that Eintracht would find impossible to turn down even with rumours of the departures of Jesper Lindström, Djibril Sow and Daichi Kamada. The player himself has spoken from the French international base in Paris about his desires to play at the highest level.
“I’m trying to focus on my club. We continue our performances and in the summer we will see. After that, I always dreamed of playing in big clubs,” he told the sports newspaper L’Equipe.
“I thought I would need some time to adapt, maybe a year. But everything exploded. Anyway, I’m ready for any challenge. I always ask the club to send me the statistics of my games.
“I share it with my physical trainer to know what I need to improve. I’m scoring a lot of goals and assists, but it’s not at the level where I should be. I still miss a lot. This is only my third (full) season as a professional.
“I know where I come from. I know my background. It was a dream for me to be in the French team, to be a professional footballer. I gave everything to get there. I know where I want to go, and I will give everything for it. Either way, I’m ready for any challenge.”
Like Jovic, Haller and Silva before him, the signs are that success (goals) at Eintracht Frankfurt is going to backfire on the club somewhat in their inability to hold onto their jewel. Kolo Muani’s star is rising and the Adler look set to lose their source of goals sooner than they had imagined.