Eintracht Frankfurt are unlikely to sell reported Liverpool target Randal Kolo Muani this summer.
Muani has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool after a stellar first season at Eintracht. But as per journalist Fabrizio Romano via Caught Offside, the German club are keen to keep hold of him.
“I’m told Eintracht Frankfurt’s position is not clear yet. People close to the club feel they will insist to keep the player at least until June 2024, but it will depend on the proposals as always,” said the transfer expert.
Romano intimated that for Frankfurt to change their minds an interested club may have to table an offer of at least £71m.
“The price could go up to €80m/€90m [£71m/£80m]. Again, it depends on Frankfurt and whether they want to sell or not,” he explained.
Right now, that high price is likely enough to scare away prospective buyers for Muani. But should he continue to impress in the Bundesliga and the Champions League for the rest of the season, they may well return.
Muani showing up to big price-tag
Liverpool have been claimed to have taken an interest in Muani even before he arrived in Germany last summer. With his contract at Nantes running down in 2022, the Reds were reportedly in the picture to sign him.
That they didn’t won’t have been the cause of too much concern on Merseyside. After all, they did bring in Darwin Nunez and subsequently Cody Gakpo to fill the forward areas out.
But then again, neither has outscored Muani this season. With 14 goals a-piece he and Gakpo are level in that respect, but 13 of the Dutchman’s strikes came while he was still at PSV Eindhoven. Darwin has 10 in his debut Liverpool season.
It isn’t just scoring where France international Muani is excelling, though. This term at Frankfurt he’s also turned into something of an assist machine. Setting up 10 goals in the Bundesliga, he leads the way in the division. As per Fotmob, his 19 goal contributions this season is more than any other player in Germany’s top division.
That kind of form has led to suggestions that Liverpool, among others, are looking to lure him away at the end of the season.
Some may snark at the price-tag Eintracht have placed on Muani, but there’s no real reason he shouldn’t be in that kind of category. Given their other options, a move from Liverpool has always felt unlikely this summer. 2024 could be a different story, though. One to watch out for.
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