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PSG 'leading Manchester United, Bayern Munich in Randal Kolo Muani race'

PSG 'leading Man United, Bayern in Kolo Muani race'
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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly leading Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt forward Randal Kolo Muani.

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly favourites to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani, amid competition from Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

Following the departure of Lionel Messi at the end of last season, PSG are beginning a new era under Luis Enrique, who was recently appointed as Christophe Galtier's successor.

The French champions have been busy in the transfer market, recruiting Manuel Ugarte, Lucas Hernandez and Lee Kang-in.

Hugo Ekitike has converted his loan move into a permanent deal, while Milan Skriniar and Marco Asensio have joined on free transfers following the expiry of their contracts at Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively.

PSG are now expected to turn their attention to signing a new number nine, and Kolo Muani has emerged as their primary target.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique pictured during a press conference on July 5, 2023© Reuters

The Parisians had previously been linked with a move for Victor Osimhen, but Napoli's £150m valuation appears to have halted their pursuit, resulting in their focus turning to Kolo Muani.

The Frenchman has also attracted interest from Man United, Bayern and Tottenham Hotspur after scoring 23 goals and providing 17 assists in 46 appearances last term.

According to The Independent, PSG have made positive steps in their pursuit and are now leading the race to secure the services of Kolo Muani.

PSG have supposedly convinced Kolo Muani that the chance to return to his native France will benefit him at this point of his career.

With four years left to run on his contract, Frankfurt were initially looking to receive a fee in the region of £100m.

Eintracht Frankfurt's Randal Kolo Muani celebrates scoring their second goal on October 26, 2022© Reuters

However, PSG are hoping to lower that valuation and reach a compromise with the Bundesliga side over a deal worth £80m.

After being linked with Kolo Muani, Man United have turned their focus to Atalanta BC striker Rasmus Hojlund, who represents a potential cheaper alternative.

Bayern, meanwhile, were considered favourites to sign Kolo Muani a few months ago, but the latest developments appear to have influenced their decision to pursue a move for Tottenham's Harry Kane.

A recent report claimed that Thomas Tuchel's side have submitted a second bid of €80m (£68.4m) plus add-ons for the England captain, which is expected to be rejected.

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