Manchester United are leading the race to sign Randal Kolo Muani ahead of Bayern Munich this summer.
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Erik ten Hag has made signing a new striker a top priority ahead of the summer transfer window with the Eintracht Frankfurt star among the names under consideration.
Harry Kane is thought to be the club’s top target but United have no intention of entering a lengthy transfer saga with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, with Tottenham adamant he will not be sold this summer.
24-year-old Muani, who has scored 20 goals in 40 appearances this season, is another option with Sky Germany reporting he is a target United ‘rank higher’ than Victor Osimhen, the Napoli star who is also on their radar.
Bayern Munich have opened talks with Muani’s representatives over a move to keep him in the Bundesliga, negotiations which have been described as ‘very positive’.
The German champions are seeking a new no9 themselves following Robert Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona last summer.
But the report states it is United who are currently pushing hardest to sign the France international.
Muani impressed at the World Cup in Qatar last year with Paris Saint-Germain also linked with a move – interest reportedly driven by Kylian Mbappe who is eager to link up with his countryman in the French capital.
Frankfurt however are looking for a huge fee for their prized asset, with L’Equipe reporting the German side are looking for a €100million (£89m) fee.
Muani has not made any decision over his future with no agreements in place.
‘I think everyone knows, it’s not a secret that we in the long term and over the whole season have a shortage of number nines,’ ten Hag said of United’s striker plans last week.
You can approach it in many ways. A typical number nine, (or) Rashford can also play very good as a number nine. Anthony Martial is a great number nine.
‘So we have players who can play in that role, but definitely we need some offensive players who are really impact players, quality players who improve the front line.’
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