As the summer transfer window heats up, Manchester United’s quest for a new striker remains a top priority. Head coach Erik ten Hag has confirmed the club’s intention to bolster their attacking options, with Atalanta BC’s Rasmus Hojlund rumored to be their prime target.
However, Atalanta’s head coach Gian Piero Gasperini has suggested that the Italian club might demand a staggering €100m (£86.6m) for the services of Hojlund during this transfer window.
Unwilling to pay exorbitant sums, Man United is exploring other alternatives and has set their sights on Randal Kolo Muani from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Football Insider reports that if negotiations for Hojlund do not reach a fruitful conclusion, the Red Devils will make a move for Kolo Muani.
The French forward has also garnered interest from European giants Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, further raising the stakes in the transfer market.
The situation at PSG is intriguing, as they have allegedly put Kylian Mbappe up for sale. If Mbappe departs, the Parisian club would be on the hunt for a new attacker, potentially intensifying the competition for Kolo Muani’s signature.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich is focused on securing the services of Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, a pursuit that has led to multiple offers from the German champions.
Manchester United has already taken proactive steps in their pursuit of Kolo Muani, engaging in talks with the player’s representatives to discuss a possible move to Old Trafford.
However, the German club has made it clear that they value the highly sought-after striker at a significant £80m, a valuation that could test the Premier League club’s resolve.
Kolo Muani’s credentials speak for themselves, having enjoyed a remarkable 2022-23 campaign. He scored an impressive 23 goals and provided 17 assists in 46 appearances across all competitions, with 15 goals and 14 assists coming from 32 Bundesliga outings.
His outstanding performances have also earned him nine caps for the French national team, solidifying his reputation as a key asset for the upcoming European Championship.
Manchester United’s striking situation underwent changes last year when the club terminated Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract. Wout Weghorst arrived on loan from Burnley for the second half of the 2022-23 season, but the Netherlands international failed to find his rhythm and will not be making a return to Old Trafford for the upcoming season.
Earlier this year, United was also linked with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, but the Nigerian’s potential move now seems improbable due to the high financial demands involved.